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Those properties which describe a satellite in its periodic revolution.
These consist of the satellite's altitude, orbital inclination (angle
with respect to the equator, thus a polar orbit is near 90 degrees, while
an equatorial orbit is near 0 degrees), orbital period, etc.
Mission to Planet Earth, Glossary of Terms, 1994.