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  • Lagrange, Comte Joseph Louis 1736-1813. French mathematician and astronomer. He developed the calculus of variations (1755) and made a number of other contributions to the study of mechanics.

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  • Screw that, I call the Lagrange points of the Sun/Earth system!

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  • To avoid all this, scientists will shoot the Webb telescope to what is known as Lagrange point 2, a spot 932,000 miles out that's balanced between the gravities of Earth and the sun.

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  • Herschel, which was launched by the European Space Agency in 2009, hovers in space 930,000 miles 1.5 million km from Earth at what's known as a Lagrange point, a gravitationally quirky spot where the pull of the planet Earth and the sun balance out.

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  • It sits in a gravitationally quiescent zone known as a Lagrange point, where the pull of the Earth and the Sun effectively balance each other out.

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  • It sits in a gravitationally quiescent zone known as a Lagrange point, where the pull of the planet Earth and that of the sun effectively balance each other out.

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  • Parking an asteroid in a gravitationally neutral spot between the Earth and the sun, known as a Lagrange point, would provide a stationary base from which to launch missions further into space.

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  • The president also announced his commitment to building a heavy-lift rocket in 2015, one which could be geared to launching new spacecraft and payloads for ambitious expeditions to a nearby asteroid and stable points in space called Lagrange points in preparation for a manned spaceflight to Mars.

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  • Unlike Hubble, which orbits 350 miles above Earth, NASA plans to station the Webb telescope about 1 million miles away in what's known as a Lagrange point - a cosmic neutral ground where the tug of the Earth and sun even out so that objects in such a spot stay almost stationary.

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  • The probe spent its working life in spot of neutral gravity called a Lagrange point, where the pull of the Earth and the sun more or less cancel out.

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  • D'Alembert's principle, also known as the Lagrange-D'Alembert principle How do you build a power supply, that has the ability to read four outputs?

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