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International Space Station orbit to be adjusted

Published On: Tue, Oct 16th, 2012 | Astronomy and Space | By BioNews

Experts Wednesday will carry out a maneuver to readjust the orbit of theInternational Space Station.

The readjustment will be carried out with the use of thrusters of the Russian Zvezda service module, according to the Moscow-based Mission Control Centre.

The station’s average orbit altitude will be raised by one kilometer to 436 km, a spokesman for the centre said. The operation is expected to begin at 15:24 GMT.

The reboost is intended to ensure the best conditions for the docking of a manned Soyuz spacecraft slated for Oct 25.

The Soyuz TMA-06M will bring to the station a new crew, which comprises Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Tarelkin, and NASA astronaut Kevin Ford.

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