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ISS orbit successfully increased to five kilometers.. / January 26, 2010 /

Sunday, January 24, was carried orbit correction of the International Space Station. The orbit was raised to five kilometers, said in a press release of the Federal Space Agency.

When maneuvering the inhabitants of the station included corrective engine KD-1 and KD-2 Russia’s Zvezda Service Module. In order to activate the engines, on Thursday, January 21, Soyuz TMA-16 was first performed redocking with the module «Zvezda» on Russia’s new module «Search». In order to save fuel operation was not automatic, and manual mode.

Change the position of the station is necessary for future dockings with space «truck» «Progress M-04M,» and shuttle «Endeavor». «Progress» should start with the ISS on February 2, and the launch of the space shuttle is scheduled for Feb. 7.

In addition to the nearest flight of Endeavor to the ISS in 2010 will be four more times to run the shuttle mission. In addition, the station will go to four of the Union and seven unmanned space «truck».

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