Moscow: The International Space Station was successfully moved into higher orbit on Saturday to avoid a collision with space junk, said the Russian space agency's mission control centre.
   
"The manoeuvre was completed. The station's orbit was raised to a safe altitude," said a centre spokesman, as quoted by a news agencies.
   
The station's average altitude was raised by 1.5 kilometres to 391.4 kilometres, the same source said.
   
The centre had previously said that the remains of US satellite Iridium-33 were likely to collide with the ISS on late Friday or early Saturday.
   
The US satellite in 2009 collided with disused Russian military satellite Cosmos-2251 at an altitude of 800 kilometres, leaving a cloud of space debris.

(Agencies)