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Soviet-Era Satellite Burns Up in Atmosphere After 34 Years of Service

RIA Novosti

15:43 05/08/2014

MOSCOW, August 5 (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.



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