|MadSci Network: Astronomy|
My roommate and I were up late one night discussing a feature of the orbit of satellites around the earth. While observing the path of the space shuttle in orbit, we noticed that the shuttle did not use the exact same orbital path every time it circled the earth. Instead, each orbit around the earth was offset from the previous one, producing slightly different tracks after each orbit. For example, one path would have the shuttle passing over the New York City area, the next orbit would be over Chicago, the next over Denver, and so on. What exactly causes this orbital shift, and why? We thank you for your time.
Re: VRD: Variations in the path of the space shuttle?
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