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perigee


Its perigee is 347 miles above the earth
  the point in its orbit where a satellite is nearest to the object it orbits
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  • Its perigee is 347 miles above the earth
  • If its perigee edges too close to earth, a kick rocket can be fired to change its orbit
  • Scoop VII immediately went into stable orbit with an apogee of 317 miles and a perigee of 224 miles.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Meditations of evolution increasingly vaster: of the moon invisible in incipient lunation, approaching perigee: of the infinite lattiginous scintillating uncondensed milky way, discernible by daylight by an observer placed at the lower end of a cylindrical vertical shaft 5000 ft deep sunk from the surface towards the centre of the earth: of Sirius (alpha in Canis Maior) 10 lightyears (57,000,000,000,000 miles) distant and in volume 900 times the dimension of our planet: of Arcturus: of…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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