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polar orbit

a spacecraft orbit that passes over, or close to, the geographic poles of the earth or some other celestial body.
Origin of polar orbit
1960-65 Unabridged
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  • It was meant to be for the shuttle for a polar orbit.
  • The satellite's polar orbit will allow it to focus on especially desirable regions for human activities.
  • But to achieve great accuracy, only one satellite moving in a polar orbit about parallel to the neutrino path may have been used.
  • When the first article was published it was not clear that these satellites were in a polar orbit.
British Dictionary definitions for polar orbit

polar orbit

the orbit of a satellite that passes over the poles of a planet
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