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ISS orbit adjusted to dodge space junk - mission control

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MOSCOW, August 28 (RIA Novosti) - The International Space Station's orbit has been adjusted to avoid a cluster of space garbage, Russia's Mission Control Center (MCC) said on Thursday.

"Information on a possible collision was received from Russian and American services...and was used by the MCC specialists to perform calculations for an ISS orbit adjustment," mission control said.

It said that the engines of the Jules Verne Automated Transport Vehicle (ATV) docked to the ISS were activated to lower the station's orbit by 1.7 km to 353.7 km over Earth's surface.

Corrections to the space station's orbit are also conducted before launches of Russian cargo modules and U.S. shuttles to compensate for Earth's gravity and to ensure successful dockings.

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