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Answers Your Questions

From: Jeff Lackmeyer, of Vidalia, Ga.
To: Jeff Hanley, flight director

Question: Given that the most efficient orbit launched from KCS has an orbital inclination of about 28 degrees, why was an inclination of 39 degrees selected for STS-107?

Answer: The MEIDEX (Mediterranean Israeli Dust Experiment) payload required that the minimum orbital inclination be 39 degrees in order to cover the regions of interest in the Mediterranean sea and over the Atlantic ocean.

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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 01/22/2003
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