Space Station Reboost


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The International Space Station (ISS) occasionally has to boost itself into a higher altitude to counteract the effects of microgravity drag. Recently, the ISS boosted itself about two miles up, and video cameras caught what happened inside to Commander Mike Fossum and Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov. The physics of the process are explained at Bad Astronomy Blog. Link -Thanks, Phil!


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It's not the microgravity that makes the drag unusual, it's the altitude - there's still atmosphere where the ISS orbits, it's just very, very thin so there's very, very little drag.
Lighten up, Vako, having your surroundings unexpectedly move without the feeling of movement is disorienting for anyone.
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I guess if you're stuck in a tin can for weeks at a time, the sensation of slowly moving "backwards" becomes terribly exciting ???
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