Satellites in Orbit
3 Sep 2001
(Source: European Space Agency)
A new interactive website from ESA Science [http://orbits.esa.int/orbits/index.html] displays the orbits of all the Agency's operational scientific satellites. You can choose from one of several views:
- the Earth view displays all near-Earth ESA scientific satellites orbiting the planet -- Hubble, XMM-Newton and the four Cluster satellites;
- the Solar System view shows the current location of ESA's other scientific satellites and space probes, including Cassini-Huygens and Ulysses.
With each of these views you can choose to follow the satellites in real-time or to watch how their orbits vary over the years.
By selecting the Satellite Info option you can access factsheets and interactive 3-D models of each of the satellites featured in this tool.