lunar orbit


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lunar orbit

[′lü·nər ′ȯr·bət]
(aerospace engineering)
Orbit of a spacecraft around the moon.
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It will take approximately six years for the ARM robotic spacecraft to move the asteroid mass into lunar orbit.
And they made a series of television broadcasts from space, including a sensational Christmas Eve broadcast from lunar orbit.
If, in particular, that truth is tidal flexure, the payoff is especially handsome: for the reasons just given, that mechanism is only likely to have operated with the requisite efficiency if the Moon were once significantly closer than it is now, so that itself would throw important light on the still-obscure early history of the lunar orbit.
Both China and India have already put unmanned space vehicles into lunar orbit, and China has already carried out manned flights in Earth orbit.
The second moon mission is expected to weigh double the first mooncraft, which was 500 kg on its lunar orbit and 1,380 kg on lift- off with propellant.
Although it is in Seacombe - where you learn a little history of Liver pool - it was here, in 1933, the British Interplanetary Society was founded and it was they who proposed the idea of Lunar Orbit Rendezvous.
There is a fast cycle averaging about 412 days (which is just under 14 lunar months); which is associated with changes in the eccentricity, or shape of the lunar orbit.
Frank Borman, Apollo 8 commander, recognized the flight's historic significance and wanted to come up with just the right words to say from lunar orbit.
Armadillo's winning vehicle successfully demonstrated some of the technologies needed for a lunar lander capable of ferrying payloads or humans back and forth between lunar orbit and the lunar surface.
Instead they will be taken to a remote platform in lunar orbit.
Launched by CSNA on October 24, 2007, the Chang'e 1 satellite successfully achieved lunar orbit on November 5 and returned its first picture of the lunar surface on November 20.
Livio and other scientists debated the merits of a host of astronomical experiments that could be performed on the moon or in lunar orbit.