Russia’s Mission Control set to raise ISS orbit by 3.2 km

RIA Novosti

02:20 26/10/2011 MOSCOW, October 26 (RIA Novosti) - The orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) will be raised on Wednesday by 3.2 km (2 miles) to 390 km (242 miles), a spokesman for Russia’s Mission Control said.

The orbit’s correction will be carried out with the use of thrusters of Russia’s Zvezda module, he said.

The thrusters will be switched on for 114 seconds to boost the station starting at 16:52 Moscow time (12:52 GMT).

The operation to raise the orbit is necessary 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.

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