Re: orbital debris report

From: Markus Mehring (
Date: Tue Feb 04 2003 - 16:26:47 EST

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    On Tue, 4 Feb 2003 08:34:25 -0500 (EST), you (
    > As for on-orbit/in-orbit, "on orbit" was used a lot by NASA starting in the 1980s
    >and my sense of the usage in practice (and it is used, so is de facto correct now) is that
    >'on orbit' means usually 'doing stuff while in orbit', especially according to plan.
    >Saying 'Discovery is in orbit' and "Discovery is on orbit (or on-orbit)" are both
    >correct, but the former has a slightly more passive nuance. One would not normally
    >say that a piece of debris was on orbit. That's my sense, I may be wrong.
    I guess part of the confusion is the human tendency to relate terms such as
    "on orbit"/"in orbit" to a location, similar to "in space". But actually,
    being in/on orbit doesn't refer to a location, but to a state or condition.
    CU!	Markus
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