Odin in Orbit

Odin in orbit

This is a composite image showing Odin as it would appear in orbit, if we could get close enough to take the picture! Odin is at an altitude of 600km above the Earth, in an orbit called "polar, Sun-synchronous". That means that Odin follows approximately the terminator line between night and day on the Earth, with its solar panels constantly directed towards the Sun.

Odin can be rotated and tilted so that it points in various directions. Half the time, it will be looking down at the Earth measuring ozone and carbon monoxide, among other things. The other half of the time, Odin will be looking up into space at many interesting astronomical objects, for example at locations where stars are being born, such as the Orion nebula.

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last update 2010 May 30, 14:41 UTC by Steve Torchinsky. See changelog.