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Europe's ATV-3 Spacecraft to Readjust Space Station's Orbit
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Moscow (RIA Novosti) Sep 17, 2012


Corrections to the space station's orbit are conducted periodically to compensate for the Earth's gravity and to safeguard successful docking and undocking of spacecraft.

ISS orbit adjusted for Soyuz landing
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Sep 17 - The Russian Mission Control Center has carried out an adjustment of the ISS orbit increasing it by about two kilometers. The adjustments were conducted to secure favorable conditions for the landing of the manned spacecraft Soyuz in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz will bring back to the Earth Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin, and NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba. The landing is scheduled for September 17.

Engines of the European Space Agency's ATV-3 spacecraft will be switched on to readjust the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) on early Friday, a spokesman for the Russian Mission Control said.

"The operation is expected to start at 7:15 Moscow time [3:15 GMT]. The engines of the Edoardo Amaldi spacecraft, docked with the station, will remain switched on for 536 seconds and the average altitude of the station will be raised by two kilometers to 424.8 kilometers," the spokesman said.

The maneuver will be carried out to ensure the best conditions for the landing of Russia's Soyuz TMA-04M manned spacecraft in Kazakhstan on September 17 and the docking of the Soyuz TMA-06M manned spacecraft with the ISS, scheduled for October 15.

Corrections to the space station's orbit are conducted periodically to compensate for the Earth's gravity and to safeguard successful docking and undocking of spacecraft.

The previous correction of the station's orbit was also carried out by the Edoardo Amaldi, docked with Russia's Zvezda module, on August 22.

Source: RIA Novosti

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