A Needed Boost

A European cargo vehicle gives the Space Station a lift.

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Here is my attempt to capture a Station re-boost last weekend using ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) propellant.

Notice that as the burn progresses, a halo of exhaust accumulates that is visible when the thrusters fire for thrust corrections.

Video: NASA/ISS Expedition 30 Crew
About Don Pettit
Don Pettit

NASA astronaut Don Pettit is an engineer by schooling, a scientist by profession, and an explorer by heart. He trains to fly in space and on occasion, finds himself in orbit. Don blogged for Air & Space during his stay on the International Space Station in 2011-2012.

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