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Russia's Mission Control Center said Wednesday it planned to correct the International Space Station's orbit
Russia's Mission Control Center said Wednesday it planned to correct the International Space Station's (ISS) orbit, raising it eight kilometers (5 miles). An expert with mission control said the corrective maneuvers would be conducted Thursday in two stages by sending two successive impulses to switch on the engines of the Progress M-54 cargo vehicle, which is docked with the ISS, at 11:23 a.m. and 12:42 p.m. GMT. At present, the ISS's average orbit height is 345 kilometers (215 miles). The expert said that mission control conducts regular orbit corrections to prepare the station to dock with space vehicles. A previous attempt to correct the ISS' orbit on October 19 failed due to an emergency situation caused by a system engine shutoff of the Progress M-54. The next cargo vehicle, the Progress M-55, is set to be launched from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan December 8.
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