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What is the difference between

get it into orbit

and

get it into the orbit

  • This has been suggested for closure as being based on opinion. I disagree. As the solid answer provided indicates, the two sentences have slightly different meanings. What are we here for if not to elucidate the subtle shadings of meaning available in English. – Jeff Morrow Oct 28 at 2:59
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The phrase "into the orbit" is for a specific orbit, whereas "into orbit" could be any orbit.

We put the satellite into the orbit of the International Space Station.

However for a specific type of orbit I would use "a".

We put the satellite into a geostationary orbit.

But in a general sense, we say

We put the satellite into orbit.

  • I agree, but specifically another object in the orbit of the ISS would be not only at the same distance from the Earth but would be following the same track in a different position on that track. It is possible for a third object to be orbiting at the same same altitude but be crossing over the track of the other two. Obviously the third object could collide with the ISS or the second object. – BoldBen Nov 23 at 12:44

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