24 Aug 2023 18:35

Russian ISS module's engines burned to evade space debris - Roscosmos

MOSCOW. Aug 24 (Interfax) - The engines of Russia's Zvezda service module have been burned to adjust the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) in order to avoid a possible collision with space debris, Russia's Roscosmos state space corporation said on Thursday.

"The module's engines were activated at 6:00 p.m. Moscow time. They functioned for 21.5 seconds and changed the station's velocity by 0.3 m/s," it said.

The maneuver has tentatively lowered the orbit of the ISS by 500 meters, it said.

"The evasive maneuver will not affect the Progress MS-24 resupply spacecraft's docking with the ISS on Friday," it said.

The ISS is currently carrying members of Expedition 69, including Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergei Prokopyev, Dmitry Petelin and Andrei Fedyayev, NASA astronauts Francisco Rubio, Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg, and United Arab Emirates astronaut Sultan Al-Neyadi.