Here's How Russia Lifted the International Space Station to a Higher Orbit Today

By Attila Nagy on at

Yesterday at 04:12 Moscow time, the orbit of the International Space Station was corrected a bit, thanks to help from the thrusters on a Russian service module called Zvezda, or “Star.”

Star’s small engines were fired for just over two minutes, with a pulse of 2 metres per second. That increased the flight altitude of the station by 3.7 kilometres, or about 2.2 miles—now, it sits at about 405 kilometres, or 251 miles. In the photo above, you can see the thrusters firing early this morning. [Roskosmos]