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An '''orbit''' is any path taken by one object around another object.  In the sense of space flight it refers to an object circling a central, more massive object as a result of the orbiting objects forward velocity and the central object's [[Gravity|gravitational]] pull on the orbiting object.
 
An '''orbit''' is any path taken by one object around another object.  In the sense of space flight it refers to an object circling a central, more massive object as a result of the orbiting objects forward velocity and the central object's [[Gravity|gravitational]] pull on the orbiting object.
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A good discussion (with illustrations) available at Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbit]
  
 
[[Category: Glossary]]
 
[[Category: Glossary]]

Revision as of 00:03, 1 April 2006

An orbit is any path taken by one object around another object. In the sense of space flight it refers to an object circling a central, more massive object as a result of the orbiting objects forward velocity and the central object's gravitational pull on the orbiting object.

A good discussion (with illustrations) available at Wikipedia [1]