For the first time during its existence, the International Space Station (ISS) will change the orientation in space in orbit to ensure better handling of a scientific experiment. This was reported on the official website of the European Space Agency (ESA).
"The purpose of the upcoming maneuver will be to ensure constant illumination device ESA SOLAR sun to he could take pictures continuously lights on for about 25 days," - said in a statement ESA.
Established in the laboratory "Columbus", owned by ESA, the instrument SOLAR since February 2008. Its running time is considered a record because it was planned in advance, that it will work no more than 18 months.
ISS SOLAR in the normal position in space can constantly take pictures of the Sun for about two weeks a month. ESA experts now going to write a complete revolution of the sun, which will be about 25 days. For this purpose and will be done changing the angular position of the ISS in space.
Performing this maneuver required the solution of a number of specialists support tasks relating in particular to ensure illumination of the ISS solar arrays, and changing the antenna connection to the Earth. All of these items have been previously agreed upon by all partners involved in the ISS program.
An experiment to record a full turn lights SOLAR began on November 19. "The station will be turned on Saturday at 7 degrees to ensure the continuation of a scientific experiment for the next 10 days, and then it will be returned to its original position," - said in a statement published on the ESA website.