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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Then a space tug would ferry it from Earth orbit to lunar orbit, where it would essentially become a space station for the moon.
Astronauts would rendezvous with the boulder in lunar orbit for further study.
Before the piece of the asteroid is moved to lunar orbit, NASA will use the opportunity to test planetary defense techniques to help mitigate potential asteroid impact threats in the future.
One of the largest, a wellstudied area called Ina, was imaged from lunar orbit by Apollo 15 astronauts.
Hoffman himself made headlines earlier this year when he co-authored a proposal for building fuel-storage depots in lunar orbit.
LADEE lacked fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit or continue science operations and was intentionally sent into the lunar surface.
That's one of the suggestions to come out of the NASA's 2014 Asteroid Initiative Idea Synthesis Workshop, aimed at refining the space agency's plan to get an asteroid settled into lunar orbit so astronauts can land on it.
Once LADEE is in lunar orbit, scientists will check out the spacecraft's three instruments and test a prototype optical laser communications system.
But "the spacecraft is communicating and working as designed, with plenty of time to resolve the issue before reaching lunar orbit," it added on its website.
Highlight clip 2 (mission time: 003:03:48-003:04:00, tape 11-03348) The crew members debate the color of the moon before, and after, they fire Columbia's engines to enter lunar orbit Highlight clip 3 (mission time: 003:04:03-003:04:16, tape 11-03348) After entering lunar orbit, the crew members are amazed at the lunar terrain as they fly 60 miles above the back side of the moon and await Earthrise and to resume communications with Mission Control.
Although the small planet passes between our Mother Earth and the moon traversing at an astronomical distance away from us and continues to pass close to the lunar orbit for one day, 8 hours and 40 minutes, however, it is not likely to pose any hazard on earth, the Bahraini astrophysics researcher has assured.
24, 1968, Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders were in lunar orbit 240,000 miles from family and friends.