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Forgive any inaccurate wording of this question.

If a Soyuz craft which had been docked at the Zvezda module backed away from the ISS and remained at stationkeeping, would NASA, Roscosmos, or the ESA refer to the position of the spacecraft as being astern of the station? If not, what word is used to describe a craft at stationkeeping at that position.

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  • $\begingroup$ So the spacecraft is in the same orbit as the ISS but phased such that it is "behind" it (located in the retrograde direction wrt ISS) and looking at the Zvezda's engine? Is that the configuration that you are describing and asking about? $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jan 8 at 3:43
  • $\begingroup$ I only know of retrograde as meaning "orbital or rotational motion of an object in the direction opposite the rotation of its primary." $\endgroup$ – Bob516 Jan 8 at 4:52
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    $\begingroup$ -vbar. space.stackexchange.com/questions/4043/… $\endgroup$ – BowlOfRed Jan 8 at 5:27
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    $\begingroup$ @BowlOfRed for a moment I thought that was a cousin of fubar $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jan 8 at 9:15
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    $\begingroup$ Mostly in academia, both applied to asteroid and geocentric operations:arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/1.3890 arc.aiaa.org/doi/10.2514/1.G000004 $\endgroup$ – Julio Jan 10 at 9:28

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