June 30th, 2011
05:45 PM ET

Glossary: reboost

The process of raising the orbit of a satellite or spacecraft. Because certain craft are in low-Earth orbit, they experience some atmospheric drag which decays the orbit. The International Space Station, for example, is periodically reboosted to prevent it from falling to Earth.

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