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Russia’s Progress cargo spacecraft raises ISS orbit

September 14, 2015, 5:35 UTC+3 MOSCOW
As a result, the orbit’s altitude now amounts to 405 kilometers in average
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MOSCOW, September 14. /TASS/. The International Space Station (ISS) orbit has been increased by 3.7 kilometers with the help Russia’s Progress M-28M cargo vehicle, the Mission Control Center said on Monday.

"The maneuver on raising the orbit was carried out with the help of thrusters of the Progress M-28M cargo craft," a representative of the center based outside Moscow told TASS.

As a result, the orbit’s altitude now amounts to 405 kilometers in average. Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said the spacecraft’s thrusters operated for 146 seconds, increasing the station’s velocity by 2.2 m/s.

The ISS now has a crew of six: Russia’s Mikhail Korniyenko, Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Volkov, the United States’ Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren and Japan’s Kimiya Yui.

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