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TASS: Science & Space – the spacecraft's orbit about 600 meters in front of manned Soyuz missions




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MOSCOW, May 1

3 / TASS /. The Russian Mission Control Center closed the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) by 600 meters in advance of manned Soyuz missions on Sunday, a mission control official told TASS.

"The maneuver was made with the help of Progress MS-08 engines, which remained on for 172 seconds," the source said.

The average altitude of the ISS increased by 600 meters to 404.7 kilometers.

The adjustment was necessary for the creation of appropriate ballistic conditions prior to the departure of the Soyuz MS-07 from the ISS on 3 June and the launch of the Soyuz MS-09 to the station on 6 June. It was also necessary for a 6.5-hour spacewalk by NASA astronauts Richard Arnold and Andrew Feustel, due on May 16.

Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Artemyev, NASA astronauts Scott Tingle, Richard Arnold and Andrew Feustel, and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai are currently working aboard the space station.

Shkaplerov, Ti On June 3, ngle and Kanai are to return to Earth aboard the spacecraft Soyuz MS-07.

Also, the launch of the manned spacecraft Soyuz-MS-09 with the crew of the new expedition to the ISS is planned, the Baikonur space station for June 6. The new crew will consist of the Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev, the NASA astronaut Serena Aunon and the astronaut of the European Space Agency Alexander Gerst.

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