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Definition of Orbit


  1. The path described by a heavenly body in its periodical revolution around another body; as, the orbit of Jupiter, of the earth, of the moon.
  2. An orb or ball.
  3. The cavity or socket of the skull in which the eye and its appendages are situated.
  4. The skin which surrounds the eye of a bird.

Orbit Quotations

Funding for the original manned Voyager Mars Program was scratched in 1968, before humans had gotten out of Low Earth Orbit. Mid-'60s plans for a Venus fly-by with astronauts actually flying by it met the same fate.
P. J. O'Rourke

There are thousands of asteroids whose orbit in the Solar System crosses that of Earth. And we have a little acronym for them - NEOs: near Earth objects. And our biggest goal is to try to catalogue them, so we know in advance if one is going to put us at risk.
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Pluto's orbit is so elongated that it crosses the orbit of another planet. Now that's... you've got no business doing that if you want to call yourself a planet. Come on, now! There's something especially transgressive about that.
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Then during the mission itself, I used the space shuttle's robot arm to release a satellite into orbit.
Sally Ride

I think eventually private enterprise will be able to send people into orbit, but I suspect initially it's going to have to be with NASA's help.
Sally Ride
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Orbit Translations

orbit in Dutch is oogkas, baan
orbit in French is orbite, orbitent, orbitons, orbitez, orbiter
orbit in German is Umlaufbahn, Kreisbahn, Umlaufbahn
orbit in Italian is orbita
orbit in Latin is orbis
orbit in Swedish is kretslopp

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