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The height of the ISS orbit lowered to dock with the "Progress"

Specialists conducted the orbit of the International space station, flight altitude is reduced by almost one kilometer for docking cargo vehicle "Progress MS-15", according to Roscosmos.

Initially, the correction was planned for the 10th of July, the altitude was going to increase to 480 meters. But plans changed after the ISS had to make an unplanned evasive action of debris - shatter stage of the Russian rocket "proton", launched in 1987.

"Today, July 11, 2020, made the correction of the orbit of the International space station... After the corrective maneuver, the average height of the ISS orbit decreased by 900 meters", - stated in the message of the Corporation.

Correction was carried out using the engines of the truck "Progress MS-14", which is now docked to the Zvezda module of the ISS Russian segment. The engines have engaged at 22.15 MSK and worked for almost three minutes.

The average height of the orbit of the station after a maneuver is about 418 kilometers above Earth.

Earlier it was reported that the launch of the "Progress MS-15" carrier rocket "Soyuz-2.1 a" from Baikonur cosmodrome is planned on July 23 in 17.26 MSK, and its docking with the station - 20.47 GMT the same day. The launch of "Soyuz MS-17" rocket "Soyuz-2.1 a" from Baikonur is planned on 14 October. His crew includes Russian cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Sergey Code-Cvercko, as well as American astronaut Kathleen Rubins. Now work on the ISS Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and John Wagner, as well as American Christopher Cassidy, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken.