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Sun-Synchronous Orbit vs. Geostationary Orbit

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Which of the following is an orbit where the satellite is always above the same exact point on the Earth's surface?

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1. Which of the following is an orbit where the path of the object over the course of a day appears the same from the point of view of the Sun, no matter the time of year?

2. Which of the following is NOT a common application of a geostationary orbit?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Geostationary and sun-synchronous orbits have many useful functions. Test your understanding of these types of orbits with this quiz/worksheet combo. The questions will quiz you on common applications of these orbits.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following:

  • Type of orbit where the satellite is always above the same point on the Earth's surface
  • Type of orbit where the path of the object always appears the same from the sun's point of view
  • Definition of an orbit

Skills Practiced

These assessments allow students to test the knowledge they gained from the lesson by using the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as orbit
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding common applications of these types of orbits
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about orbits from the points of view of both Earth and the Sun

Additional Learning

Learn more about these two types of orbits by reviewing the accompanying lesson, Sun-Synchronous Orbit vs. Geostationary Orbit. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define orbit
  • Identify gravity's role in orbits
  • Learn about the functions of sun-synchronous and geostationary orbits
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