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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) URK: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/space/1930281 Original Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2003
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      URK: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/space/1930281
      Original Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2003 10:38:43 +0200 (CEST)

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      May 30, 2003, 2:47PM

      Space station maneuvers to avoid close call

      By MARK CARREAU
      Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle

      The international space station was successfully maneuvered at mid-day
      to avoid a close encounter with a small Italian telecommunications
      satellite.

      The propulsive maneuver at 11:50 a.m., CDT, raised the altitude of the
      240 mile high orbital base by nearly one mile.

      Without the maneuver, the 77 pound MegSat 0 would have crossed well
      within the boundaries of an imaginary clearance zone maintained around
      the 170-foot long orbital base just before (Friday ) 4 p.m., CST, said
      NASA spokesman Rob Navias. The zone measures about 16 miles ahead and
      behind and to the left and right of the station as well as a mile
      above and below.

      Space station tenants Ed Lu of NASA and Yuri Malenchenko of the
      Russian space agency began a six-month stay in late April.
      Launched April 28, 1999, MegSat 0 is an experimental satellite
      operated by the MegSat Space Division of the Meggiorin Group.
      Today's avoidance maneuver was the sixth time the space station has
      moved to avoid a potential collision with an orbiting satellite or
      piece of manmade orbital debris since construction of the outpost
      began in late 1998.

      The propulsion for the move was furnished by a Russian Progress cargo
      capsule docked to the station's aft end.

      The small change in altitude will have no impact on plans by the
      Russians to launch another Progress capsule to the station early next
      month. The launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is
      planned for early June 8. The capsule and its cargo of food,
      water,fuel and other supplies should reach the station three days
      later.

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