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The figure shows that in half a year, as the earth has moved from one side of the sun to the other, the angular momentum (and thus the plane) of the satellite’s orbit has remained pointing toward the same inertial direction in space. During this time, the earth has also been rotating daily beneath the satellite’s fixed orbital plane. This affects the satellite’s ground track (the path which the satellite appears to etch across the earth’s surface), a point which we will discuss shortly. Total Energy.
18 Introduction to Space Sciences and Spacecraft Applications both Venus and the earth for gravity assist boosts to reach the planet Jupiter and release a probe into its atmosphere. Along the way, Gulileo flew by the asteroids Gaspra (October 1991) and Ida (August 1993), giving us our first close looks at these solar system companions. The Soviets sent numerous spacecraft to explore Venus, and two of their Venera craft successfully landed on the surface in March 1982. The landers were only able to transmit pictures and data for a short time until the harsh environment (temperatures which will melt lead and pressures about 100 times that on earth) disabled the spacecraft.
This implies that an orbit lies in a plane which remains inertially fixed in space. Consider, in Figure 2-5, that the vector h shown represents the angular momentum of a satellite in orbit around the earth. (We are looking edgeon to the satellite’s orbit so its orbital plane looks like just a line across the satellite position vector h orbit angular satellite velocity vector Figure 2-4. The angular momentum vector of an orbit is perpendicular to the orbital plane. - S h orbit Figure 2-5. Constant angular momentum.
Introduction to Space Sciences and Spacecraft Applications by Bruce A. Campbell, Samuel Walter McCandless Jr.