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Space Station Unit's Orbit Is Altered

November 22, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

Russian space officials gave the first module of the international space station a routine tweak to push it into higher orbit and convened a meeting on Earth to map out its future. Flight controllers fired one of the module's two maneuvering engines to raise it to an orbit about 157 miles in space, the station's public affairs office said. Russian Space Agency Director Yuri N. Koptev said the maneuver was carried out "with great accuracy." The 24-ton core module, called Zarya, or Russian for "dawn," lifted off Friday from the Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan into an initial orbit 125 miles above Earth.

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