US lawmakers present no evidence of Russia’s interference in US election - Russian MPRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 21:42
Russia to continue strengthen its Armed Forces - PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 21:37
4,000 Russian nationals fight among militants in Syria - PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 21:31
Opposition’s demand of Assad’s immediate resignation absurd - Russian envoy to GenevaRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 16:34
Moscow celebrates Defender of the Fatherland DaySociety & Culture February 23, 16:19
ISS astronauts capture Dragon with manipulatorScience & Space February 23, 14:36
Vitaly Churkin’s body delivered to RussiaRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 12:30
Ukrainian military shell Donetsk water purification plantWorld February 23, 11:45
Scientists discover three Earth-sized exoplanets that may potentially harbor lifeScience & Space February 23, 5:50
MOSCOW, January 28. /TASS/. The Progress M-29M cargo spaceship has raised the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) by 1.1 kilometers (0.7 miles), the Mission Control Center outside Moscow has told TASS.
"The estimated time of the Progress engines’ work was 323.9 seconds. As a result of the maneuver, the average altitude of the station’s orbit was raised by approximately 1.1 kilometers and should reach 404 kilometers (251 miles)," a spokesperson said.
The orbit’s adjustment was carried out as scheduled on Wednesday upon the instructions from the Earth and without the participation of the crew.
The orbit adjustment was needed to ensure normal conditions for docking of the manned Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft with the station. The spacecraft will carry a new expedition that will be launched on March 19 from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.
The main crew of the new expedition consists of Russians Alexei Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka, and also NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams. The backup crew includes Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko, and also American Robert Kimbrough.
The current ISS crew comprises Russian cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko, Mikhail Korniyenko and Sergey Volkov, US astronauts Timothy Kopra and Scott Kelly and the European Space Agency’s astronaut Timothy Peake.