14 Mar 2023 16:40

ISS dodges space debris for 2nd time this month - Roscosmos

MOSCOW. March 14 (Interfax) - The Progress MS-22 space freighter has diverted the International Space Station (ISS) from colliding with space debris, Roscosmos said on Tuesday.

"Today, the orbit of the International Space Station has been adjusted for the second time in a month using the engines of the Progress MS-22 cargo spacecraft to dodge a possible collision with space debris," the statement said.

The engines of the spacecraft, which is docked to the Russian Zvezda service module, were switched on at 2:54 p.m. Moscow time, and they ran for 155 seconds and gave a boost of 0.3 meters per second.

"As a result, according to preliminary data, the average altitude of the ISS orbit increased by 500 meters to 419 kilometers," the state corporation said.

Over the past month, two ISS orbit adjustments were performed. On March 6, the Progress MS-22 spacecraft diverted the station from a collision with space debris. On March 3, the ISS orbit was adjusted before the Soyuz MS-22 descended to Earth.