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Russian freighter resets space station orbit

Last Updated: Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 09:38

Moscow: The engines of a Russian Progress M-17M space freighter were fired to re-adjust the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS), a Russian space agency spokesman said.

As a result of the manoeuvre, the ISS orbit was raised by approximately one km.

After the re-boost, the space station`s mean orbital altitude stood at 409.7 km, 406.6 km at the perigee and 423.1 km at the apogee.

Adjustments to the station`s orbit are carried out regularly to compensate for the Earth`s gravity, to facilitate the docking and undocking of spacecraft and to dodge space junk.

Every day, the station loses average 100 metres of its altitude.

This time, the orbit re-adjustment is expected to create the best conditions for the undocking of a Soyuz TMA-06M manned spacecraft.

The Soyuz TMA-06M will bring Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Tarelkin, as well as NASA astronaut Kevin Ford back to Earth March 15.


First Published: Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 09:38
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