Terminator Definition and Illustration

Word of the Week: Terminator

The transition line on a planetary body where the Sun-let (day) side meets the dark (night) side. A spacecraft is in a terminator orbit if it circles a body along this transition line.

OSIRIS-REx will be placed in a terminator oribit around asteroid Bennu during Orbital A and Orbital B phases.

Credit: University of Arizona


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