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Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 21, 2011
The orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) has been raised by 3.1 km (1.9 miles), a spokesman for Russia's Mission Control said.
The maneuver was carried out late on Wednesday using the engines of Russia's Zvezda module, which were switched on for 106 seconds.
"As a result, the average orbit increased by 3.1 kilometers and reached 387.8 km," the official said.
An additional readjustment will be carried out on October 26 to bring the ISS orbit to 390.3 km in order to ensure favorable conditions for the docking of Russia's Progress M-13M space freighter and the Soyuz TMA-22 piloted spacecraft with the orbital station.
Corrections to the space station's orbit are conducted periodically to compensate for Earth's gravity, to safeguard successful dockings and landings of spacecraft, and to avoid potential collisions with space debris.
Source: RIA Novosti
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Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 20, 2011
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