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TGO orbital inclination change

Date: 07 February 2017
Satellite: Trace Gas Orbiter
Depicts: Orbital inclination change
Copyright: ESA/C. Carreau

This image indicates the angle of TGO's orbit before and after the orbital inclination change manoeuvres in January 2017.

Upon arrival, in October 2016, the orbit, at about 7°, was essentially equatorial – indicated by the horizontal orbital lines in the graphic. After the manoeuvres in January and February 2017, the orbit was oriented much more north-south, at about 74°, indicated by the almost-vertical orbital lines.

In the image, Mars' north pole is at the top, the south pole is at the bottom and the equator is horizontal.

Last Update: 07 February 2017

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