Moscow: The orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) has been raised by 3.1 km, a spokesman for Russia's Mission Control said. The maneuver was carried out late Wednesday using the engines of Russia's Zvezda module, which was switched on for 106 seconds.

“As a result, the average orbit increased by 3.1 km and reached 387.8 km,” the official said.

An additional readjustment will be carried out on October 26 to bring the ISS orbit to 390.3 km in order to ensure favourable conditions for the docking of Russia's Progress M-13M space freighter and the Soyuz TMA-22 piloted spacecraft with the orbital station.

Corrections to the space station's orbit are conducted periodically to compensate for Earth's gravity, to safeguard successful dockings and landings of spacecraft, and to avoid potential collisions with space debris.

(Agencies)