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space debris
2014-09-11 04:22:54

A group of researchers from MIT has developed a new algorithm for gauging the rotation of objects in space using only visual information.

venus express aerobraking
2014-07-30 03:00:26

ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has climbed to a new orbit following its daring aerobraking experiment, and will now resume observations of this fascinating planet for at least a few more months.

Distant Earths May Need Balanced Friction Tides To Support Life
2014-07-10 12:52:42

Friction generates heat and NASA scientists have developed a computer model that shows that friction may help distant Earth-sized planets survive dangerous orbits.

2014-06-09 08:23:05

The utility will implement a new streamlined approach to field data collection in order to meet current and future inspection needs LINCOLN, Neb., June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Schneider

Swiss Researchers Develop A Bionic Arm With Lightning Fast Reflexes
2014-05-12 10:27:16

Researchers from the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory at EPFL in Switzerland have developed a bionic arm that can catch a multitude of objects skillfully with little or no need for luck.

How Do You Catch A Satellite?
2014-02-21 10:50:46

Standard space dockings are difficult enough, but a future ESA mission plans to capture derelict satellites adrift in orbit. Part of an effort to control space debris, the shopping list of new technologies this ambitious mission requires is set for discussion with industry experts.

Astronomer Helps Research Team See Misaligned Planets In Distant System
2013-10-17 16:04:40

Using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, an international team of astronomers has discovered a distant planetary system featuring multiple planets orbiting at a severe tilt to their host star.

Protecting Spacecraft From Space Junk
2013-06-27 16:16:45

Researchers developed a numerical algorithm that simulates the shock of orbital debris striking materials that make up a space vehicle's outer defense.

Moon Will Be Super On June 24th
2013-06-22 04:45:01

The Moon appears to be in a nearly circular orbit around the Earth. But that word "nearly" means that there are slight variations in its motion across the heavens.


Latest Orbit Reference Libraries

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Satellite -- A satellite is an object that orbits another object. With sufficient tangential velocity, the object does not collide with the primary object it orbits, but maintains a distance from that object as the rate at which it falls towards that object is similar to the rate that it travels away, thus the object orbits the primary object and becomes a satellite. In other words: gravitational force serves as the centripetal force needed to make the object circle the primary...

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Lagrangian Point -- In Lagrangian mechanics, a Lagrangian point (or L-point) is one of five positions in space where the gravitational fields of two bodies of substantial but differing mass combine to form a point at which a third body of negligible mass would be stationary relative to the two bodies. Bodies at the L-point will not move relative to the parent bodies if they are not perturbed by other gravitational forces. They are sometimes also referred to as libration points. The...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion -- The astronomer Johannes Kepler's main contribution to astronomy was his three laws of planetary motion. Kepler found these laws empirically by studying extensive observations recorded by Tycho Brahe. He found the first two laws in 1609 and the third one in 1618. Isaac Newton was later able to derive the laws from his laws of motion and gravity, thereby producing strong evidence in favor of Newton's inverse-square gravitational law. Kepler's First...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Orbit -- An orbit is the path that an object makes around another object under the influence of some force. The classical example is that of the solar system, where the Earth, other planets, asteroids, comets, and smaller pieces of rubble are in orbit around the Sun; and moons are in orbit around planets. These days, many artificial satellites are in orbit around the Earth. Understanding orbits There are a few common ways of understanding orbits. -- As the object moves, it...

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Escape Velocity -- An escape velocity is the minimum speed at which an object without propulsion can move away from a source of a gravitational field indefinitely if there is no friction. This definition may need modification for the practical problem of two or more sources in some cases. In any case, the object is assumed to be a point with a mass that is negligible compared with that of the source of the field, usually an excellent approximation. It is commonly described as the speed...

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tourtiere
  • a meat pie that is usually eaten at Christmas in Quebec
The word 'tourtiere' comes from the French tourte, or passenger pigeon.
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