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Offline ejb749

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Re: A failed Venus probe is coming home
« Reply #20 on: 07/11/2018 04:21 PM »
I found this article with that photo...

http://www.russianspaceweb.com/venera72_kosmos482.html

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Re: A failed Venus probe is coming home
« Reply #21 on: 07/11/2018 04:45 PM »
They should have hired Wonderwoman for the job. She would have flipped that agressive soviet probe with the tip of a finger.
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...you have been found guilty by the elders of the forum of a (imaginary) vendetta against Saint Elon - BLAAASPHEMER !

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Re: A failed Venus probe is coming home
« Reply #22 on: 07/11/2018 05:04 PM »
2 large objects burned up in 1981 and 1983.
It is believed that it was the probe (Cosmos 482) and "blok L" (stage 4).

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Re: A failed Venus probe is coming home
« Reply #23 on: 07/11/2018 05:11 PM »
The still-in-orbit object 1972-023E is called a "fragment" in RAE-table.
« Last Edit: 07/11/2018 05:11 PM by Alter Sachse »

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Re: A failed Venus probe is coming home
« Reply #24 on: 07/11/2018 06:34 PM »
The photograph clearly shows that 1972-023E is the complete probe and it was still in orbit in 2011.  Clearly when whatever separated in June 1972 (capsule thermal cover would be my guess) the wrong item was labelled as debris.

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Re: A failed Venus probe is coming home
« Reply #25 on: 07/11/2018 07:41 PM »
Vaguely recall someone getting a good photo of Kosmos 482 and showing it was still the complete vehicle with the capsule still attached.

Depends when the photo was taken of course.
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Re: A failed Venus probe is coming home
« Reply #26 on: 07/12/2018 07:17 AM »
1972-023E
(2018 July 09)
52.05 112.39min 202-2471 km

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Re: A failed Venus probe is coming home
« Reply #27 on: 07/12/2018 02:27 PM »
Depends when the photo was taken of course.
2011, see this link posted above by ejb749:
http://www.russianspaceweb.com/venera72_kosmos482.html
« Last Edit: 07/12/2018 02:27 PM by gwiz »

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Re: A failed Venus probe is coming home
« Reply #28 on: 07/12/2018 03:08 PM »
I note that Anatoly Zak says "With less degree of certainty, it can be speculated that the Venus lander is still attached to the main probe while its upper stage is not" (my own emphasis).

After my earlier posting, I realised that the appearance of Object E would be too early for the timed separation of the capsule.   This normally happens in the final stage of the approach to Venus and Venera 8's descent was on July 22.   One would expect that the Venera/Cosmos 382 capsule would have separated at about the same time.   Maybe the capsule separated earlier than planned?   Or maybe some other part of the spacecraft broke away?

Zak refers to objects, presumably from the Molniya-M's fourth stage, were found in New Zealand.   I assume that these are what Geoff Perry referred to as the "Ashburton balls" at the time.
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Re: A failed Venus probe is coming home
« Reply #29 on: 07/12/2018 06:29 PM »
I note that Anatoly Zak says "With less degree of certainty, it can be speculated that the Venus lander is still attached to the main probe while its upper stage is not" (my own emphasis).
If the capsule separated, where is it?  It must have a higher ballistic coefficient than the main probe and photo shows that the probe is still in orbit as 1972-023E, so the capsule should be as well.  Whatever separated in June 1972 and took over the 1972-023A designation had a lower ballistic coefficient than 1972-023E, as shown by its much more rapid decay rate.

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Re: A failed Venus probe is coming home
« Reply #30 on: 07/15/2018 06:44 PM »
I want to quote Spaceflight vol. 44 (September 2002):
"In early June 2002 the Action Report issued by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centers
Orbit lnformation Group included a change-of-name for the object catalogued as 1972-
023E. It had previously been designated simply as "debris" but the amendment renamed it as
"Cosmos 482 Descent craft"."
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"The object catalogued as 1972-23E was not catalogued until about June 29, 1972,..."


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Re: A failed Venus probe is coming home
« Reply #31 on: 10/06/2018 03:18 PM »
http://www.russianspaceweb.com/venera72_kosmos482.html
Made a written proposal to the  Tira radar staff in Germany  to image Cosmos 482 before it decays back in March 2018 to see if they could tell how much of this spacecraft actually is intact  and the proposal was excepted but have heard nothing since.  Guess they are waiting until it decays well below 200 Kms.
« Last Edit: 10/06/2018 03:21 PM by Thomas Dorman »

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Re: A failed Venus probe is coming home
« Reply #32 on: 10/06/2018 04:56 PM »
1972-023E
(2018 July 09)
52.05 112.39min 202-2471 km
2018 Oct  01
52.06 112.17min 202-2451 km

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