Author Topic: This evening pass of Cosmos 482 Venus Descent craft  (Read 1898 times)

Offline Thomas Dorman

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This evening's pass of Cosmos 482 Descent craft at at distance of 841 Km. Shot with the AVS astrovideo camera, zoom lens at 75mm at F/2 captured to mini DVR. The three bright stars in the video are 12,14,and 15 Lyncis. This is the remains of the failed Venus mission launched on March 31, 1972. This is believed to be the the lander descent capsule but there has been some questioning whether more of the spacecraft remains than just the lander descent capsule. Space junk from this spacecraft fail in New Zealand April 1972. It's looking like the remaining remains of Comos 862 could decay from orbit by late this year or early next years best guess! You can read more about this here.

Offline plutogno

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Re: This evening pass of Cosmos 482 Venus Descent craft
« Reply #1 on: 03/08/2018 05:46 am »
there was a Venus descent capsule at the Cosmonauts exhibit in London 2 years ago:
I was amazed by the size of the spring used to extract the radar altimeter antenna...
« Last Edit: 03/08/2018 05:46 am by plutogno »


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