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The International Space Station
Today, March 19, at 02 hours 45 minutes Moscow time held orbital corrections of the International Space Station to form a working orbit for the previous docking of Soyuz TMA-16M with the station.
The changing of the orbit and trajectory was performed by TGC Progress M-26M engines. Flight altitude or the stations increased by 1 km and an average value was 401.08 km, and the orbital speed of the ISS increased by 0.58 m / s.
- Average speed of ISS in orbit: 7.66 km / s.
- Maximum orbital speed: 27 600 km / h.
ISS reboost by Progress-M cargo spacecraft
It is necessary to reboost ISS regularly because over time it slowed down and redessent by gravity effects. If these reboost operations were not carried out regularly time (every 30 days), the space station end by falling on Earth like the script of the "Gravity" movie.
Launch of the Soyuz TMA-16M is scheduled for March 27, 2015. Crew of the Soyuz TMA-16M will be made by Roscosmos cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly. Mikhail Kornienko and Scott Kelly will remain at the ISS about a year.
Roscosmos Press Release: http://www.federalspace.ru/21377/
Images, Text, Credits: Press Service of the Russian Federal Space Agency/ROSCOSMOS/NASA/Orbiter.ch Aerospace.
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