interplanetary transfer orbit

interplanetary transfer orbit

[¦in·tər′plan·ə‚ter·ē ′tranz·fər ‚ȯr·bət]
(aerospace engineering)
An elliptical trajectory tangent to the orbits of both the departure planet and the target planet.
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4 /PRNewswire/ -- Early this morning a McDonnell Douglas Delta II sent NASA's Mars Pathfinder spacecraft into an interplanetary transfer orbit for an eventual landing on Mars next July.
4 /PRNewswire/ -- A McDonnell Douglas Delta II rocket powered by Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) solid propulsion graphite epoxy motors roared into the dark Florida sky early today, sending NASA's Mars Pathfinder spacecraft into an interplanetary transfer orbit for a seven-month, 310 million mile journey to the Red Planet.
7 Delta II launch of the NASA Mars Global Surveyor into an interplanetary transfer orbit around the sun on a trajectory toward Mars.