Re: A new satellite for the L2 Lagrangian point

From: Jonathan McDowell (
Date: Sat Jun 30 2001 - 10:56:22 PDT

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    > Are there any other astronomical satellites at this Lagrangian point?
    No. Although some magnetotail probes have passed through the vicinity
    of Earth-Sun L2, none have been stationed here. But MAP will be the
    first of many, there are about 10 spacecraft planned for L2 in the
    next decade. The majority of new major astronomy spacecraft will
    be either at L2 or in Earth-trailing solar orbit, both of which
    will provide interesting challenges for SeeSat-L observers. L2
    of course is always at local midnight; the satellites will remain outside
    the Earth's shadow and will have solar arrays on their Sun-facing side,
    so the chances for observing them with a sufficiently big piece of glass
    may be not bad...
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