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|Several dozen orbits of the International Space Station trace out a "web" of paths. Polar regions are never crossed because ISS has a relatively low inclination orbit.||Nova's View from Space map with the real-time positions of 4,892 satellites. The dense cloud in the center is composed of "LEO" Low Earth Orbiting satellites. The ring beyond is the belt of geosynchronous satellites.||The constellation of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites is arranged in several planes of nearly-circular orbits.|
|The International Space Station traces out a gentle sine curve on the rectangular map because its orbit is inclined at a small angle to the equator. This image also shows use of the "NASA" style footprint with its irregular outline representing horizon obstructions. Day/night are shown as well.||Three basic types of orbit are shown by their ground tracks. ISS is in an inclined "circular" orbit. A)-16's orbit is a steeply inclined "polar" orbit. AO-40's orbit is highly eccentric.|
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