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Specialists of the Russian Mission Control Centre have raised the International Space Station to a higher orbit
Specialists of the Russian Mission Control Centre have raised the International Space Station (ISS) to a higher orbit for a linkup with the US’ shuttle Atlantis, the launch of which is scheduled for the end of the summer or the beginning of the autumn. The centre’s official told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday that the manoeuvre to adjust the orbit has been successful. The orbit was changed using engines of the supply ship Progress M-56 that is attached to the ISS. The engines turned on at 8: 58 Moscow time and worked for 184 seconds, during which the height of the orbit increased by 1,350 metres and reached 366 kilometres. The manoeuvre took place outside an area of radio communication with the Russian Mission Control. Initial telemetric information came to it after 10:10 Moscow time. “Precise data on parameters of the orbit will be known in a few hours after accomplishing trajectory measurements,” the Mission Control expert said. The ISS’ crew, Pavel Vinogradov, Jeffrey Williams and Thomas Reiter, had been informed in advance about the orbit-adjusting manoeuvre that was made on commands from the earth. The spacemen, who were not engaged in this operation, slept during the manoeuvre.
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