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First Lunar Orbit

First Lunar Orbit


Date: 14 November 2004
Satellite: SMART-1
Depicts: SMART-1's expected first lunar orbit
Copyright: ESA

Expected first lunar orbit of SMART-1 after capture on 15 November 2004 at 17:48 UTC. In this diagram the osculating orbit of the first lunar orbit is plotted.

  • The perilune altitude is 4962 km
  • The apolune altitude is 51 477 km
  • The orbital period is 5 days, 9 hours and 14 minutes.

It should be noted that the orbit plane is not polar yet, as the inclination is only 81°. The pericentre is positioned close to the South pole at 52° South latitude

Last Update: 1 September 2019
1-Dec-2020 09:42 UT

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