LISA Pathfinder Trajectory to L1
Trajectory of the LISA Pathfinder mission from Earth orbit to its L1 halo orbit. With labels.
LISA Pathfinder, a mission led by ESA (the European Space Agency) that included NASA contributions, successfully demonstrated technologies needed to build a future space-based gravitational wave observatory, a tool for detecting ripples in space-time produced by, among other things, merging black holes.
These animations follow the trajectory of LISA Pathfinder from Earth to its working "halo" orbit around Sun-Earth L1, a gravitational balance point about 930,000 miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Earth in the sun's direction.
Trajectory of the LISA Pathfinder mission from Earth orbit to its L1 halo orbit. Without labels.
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