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Reorbiting a satellite, computer artwork. This satellite was previously in a geostationary Earth orbit (GEO, around 35,700 kilometres altitude, shown by white ring). This orbit allows the satellite to rotate with the Earth, remaining stationary above the same point on the Earth's surface. When satellites in GEO reach the end of their life they need to be moved out of the orbit to prevent collisions and make way for new satellites. Such satellites are reorbited around 300 kilometres above GEO, an orbit known as the graveyard orbit. Satellites that use a GEO include meteorological and television broadcasting satellites.
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