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Soviet-Era Satellite Burns Up in Atmosphere After 34 Years of Service
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Moscow (RIA Novosti) Aug 11, 2014


Satellite of Cosmos Series. Image courtesy RIA Novosti.

The Kosmos-1151, a Soviet-era satellite appears to have burned up upon reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, Russian Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin said Tuesday.

"The data analysis ... has proven that the Kosmos-1151 spacecraft left its orbit," Zolotukhin said.

According to experts, parts of the satellite burned up in the dense layers of atmosphere over the Antarctic.

The Kosmos-1151 was launched into orbit on January 23, 1980. The expected lifetime of a satellite in orbit is about half a year.

Source: RIA Novosti

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