ISS successfully avoids collision with fragment of U.S. satellite

The International Space Station (ISS) has successfully adjusted its altitude to avoid a collision with the debris of the U.S. satellite Iridium 33, the Russian space mission control told Interfax-AVN.

"The adjustment of the station's orbit has been completed successfully," a mission control spokesperson said.

To avoid the debris, the Russian cargo spacecraft Progress M-16M's engines were burnt for about 406 seconds, which added the station an impulse of 0.5 m/s. The maneuver lifted the station's minimum altitude to 408.4 kilometers and its maximum altitude to 429.02 kilometers.

The debris of Iridium 33 appeared on the orbit on February 10, 2009, after it collided with the then defunct Russian military satellite Cosmos-2251. The collision occurred at an altitude of about 800 kilometers over Siberia. The impact produced over 1,100 new fragments of space debris traveling along orbits with altitudes varying from 500 to 1,300 kilometers.

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