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Satellite Orbits: New Orbit After a Collision

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John Krehbiel. Created for Albert.io. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.

A satellite is in a circular orbit around a planet, as shown above. The satellite strikes a piece of space junk that was at rest in space.

Which diagram shows the likely orbit of the satellite after the collision?

A

No change

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B

Smaller circular orbit

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C

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D

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E

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