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    The average altitude of the International Space Station (ISS) orbit has been increased by 2.2 kilometers.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The average altitude of the International Space Station (ISS) orbit has been increased by 2.2 kilometers (1.4 miles) as a result of a successful planned correction, a representative of the Russian Mission Control Center told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

    "The maneuver to increase the height of the flight orbit [of the ISS] started at 03:45 Moscow time [00:45 GMT], lasted about 10 minutes and completed successfully. As a result, the average altitude of the station’s flight increased by about 2.2 kilometers and reached about 405.6 kilometers [252 miles]," the representative said.

    The correction of the orbit was necessary in order to create optimal conditions for the launch and docking of the new manned Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft, the mission control representative explained.

    The launch of the Soyuz MS-02 mission is planned for September 23, from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.


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