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July 4, 2020
International Space Station (ISS). Image Credit: NASA
Flight Control Center TsNIImash (part of the State Corporation "Roskosmos") July 3, 2020 at 18:53 Moscow time carried out an unscheduled correction of the orbit of the International Space Station to avoid a possible collision with space debris. All operations were completed in full accordance with the calculations of Russian ballistic service specialists.
For this maneuver, the engines of the Progress MS-14 cargo ship were used, which is docked to the aggregate compartment of the Zvezda module of the ISS Russian segment. They worked for about 100 seconds and informed the station a speed increment of 0.5 m/s. As a result, the orbit altitude of the ISS increased, according to preliminary data, by 900 meters.
Image above: Space station astronauts photographed the glowing thrusters of a Progress spacecraft during a 14-minute firing that raised the space station's orbit by almost two miles. Image Credit: NASA.
Currently, the crew of the long-term expedition ISS-63, consisting of cosmonauts Roscosmos Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner, as well as NASA astronauts Christopher Cassidy, Douglas Hurley and Robert Benken, are working on the planned program. The situation in low Earth orbit is under constant control of the Mission Control Centers in Korolev and in Houston (USA).
Progress MS-14 will correct the orbit of the ISS
ROSCOSMOS Press Release: https://www.roscosmos.ru/28767/
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