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  • n. Plural form of orbit.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of orbit.


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  • Although the Iridium and the Kosmos satellites were in orbits only about 12 degrees apart, does anyone know if they were traveling in the same general direction at impact, or could they have impacted nearly head-on?

    Satellite Collisions: Sooner Or Later ... - NASA Watch

  • Is there an internationally-recognised 'minimum safe distance' that needs to be observed by vehicles in orbits that could be considered near-intersecting?

    Shenzhou VII, BX-1, and ISS - NASA Watch

  • Suffice it to say that the story you think you know about how a diligent empiricist looked at the stars and debunked religious superstition about planetary orbits is totally wrong.

    Matthew Yglesias » Influential Books

  • The reason I would probably not use the example of planetary orbits is because of the Interplanetary Transport Network.

    Initial value vs. boundary value problems | Serendipity

  • The star the planet orbits is in the star constellation LEO.


  • Private companies making a profit by flying tourists into low-earth orbits is step two in busting our species off this rock.

    Archive 2004-04-01

  • To compute their short-term orbits, you make those planets into geometrical mass-points and ignore everything else in the galaxy.

    The Stars Are Also Fire

  • It was then assumed that the nucleons move in orbits in a common field of force and that these orbits are arranged in so-called shells which are energetically well separated.

    Nobel Prize in Physics 1963 - Presentation Speech

  • According to his view, therefore, the atom consisted of a positive nucleus, surrounded by electrons moving in orbits, in the same way as the sun is surrounded by its planets.

    Nobel Prize in Physics 1924 - Presentation Speech

  • General Zahner said, for example, that the number of 24-hour-a-day "orbits" - nonstop air patrols over a particular area using remotely piloted Predators and other drones, teamed with specially equipped manned intelligence aircraft - in Iraq and Afghanistan combined has climbed from 12 in June 2007 to 27 today.

    New York Sun - All Articles


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