This is a composite image showing Odin as it
would appear in orbit, if we could get close enough to take the
picture! Odin is at an altitude of 600km above the Earth, in an
orbit called "polar, Sun-synchronous". That means that Odin
follows approximately the terminator line between night and day on
the Earth, with its solar panels constantly directed towards the
Odin can be rotated and tilted so that it
points in various directions. Half the time, it will be looking
down at the Earth measuring ozone and carbon monoxide, among other
things. The other half of the time, Odin will be looking up into
space at many interesting astronomical objects, for example at
locations where stars are being born, such as the Orion nebula.
The launch from Svobodny, Siberia, sent Odin
over northern Siberia in the direction opposite to the Earth's
rotation. In this way, Odin ends up orbiting over the north and
south poles, while the Earth rotates underneath.