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To: UCANSEE2

Satellite orbits are more or less stationary with respect to the “fixed” stars, not the rotating earth. Between successive 90 minute orbits, the earth will rotate approximately 22.5 degrees of longitude to the east, meaning, that for a person on the earth, the satellite will appear about 22.5 degrees in longitude further to the west between orbits. Over time, that satellite will cover almost the entire earth.


34 posted on 09/22/2011 10:59:30 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Thanks for clarifying that for everyone else. What I LEFT OUT in my earlier post was that it would be mostly over the oceans and Russia during the ESTIMATED RE-ENTRY PERIOD.

I realized I had left that out, and was mis-communicating when FR went dead. I just got back on, so I am now responding.

60 posted on 09/22/2011 12:21:05 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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