a temporary orbit in which a spacecraft awaits the next phase of its mission.
Inhibit vs. ProhibitThough both words have similar definitions, inhibit and prohibit aren’t interchangeable. In general, someone is inhibited by internal feelings or prohibited by an external source.
Origin of parking orbit
First recorded in 1955–60
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British Dictionary definitions for parking orbit
an orbit around the earth or moon in which a spacecraft can be placed temporarily in order to prepare for the next step in its programme
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