The tether of the detached satellite lost in 1996 during testing was about 15 km long. Assuming that this all unrolled and was able to reflect light, and that it was in an orbit about 300 km above the surface of Earth, what was the maximum angular extent that this tether covered when it passed directly overhead?

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     5.2 degrees
      12 degrees
      2.9 degrees
      18 degrees
      15 degrees
asked Sep 20, 2012 in Astronomy by anonymous
    

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2.9 degrees
answered Sep 22, 2012 by SkyStar ~Expert~ (2,855 points)

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