MOSCOW, April 7 (RIA Novosti)
Fragments of a defunct Russian military communication satellite, Molniya-1-89, fell into the Pacific Ocean on Saturday night, a source from the space agency said.
“According to preliminary data, fragments of the Molniya satellite that did not burn up in the upper atmosphere reached the earth’s surface on Saturday, April 7 at 3.17 am Moscow time [00:17 GMT] and fell into the Pacific Ocean,” he said.
According to data provided by the U.S. Strategic Command, fragments of Molniya-1-89 satellite had to enter the Earth’s atmosphere at 4.16 am Moscow time [01:00 GMT] (plus/minus 3 hours). According to the time, the satellite fell in the Pacific at 23.5°S 205.3°E. However, the time range of six hours indicates that the fragments could fall very far from this area.
Russian military communication satellite Molniya-1-89 was launched in August 1996 from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia.
Molniya-1T series satellites were replaced by the Meridian-series in 2006.
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- micronautaI think I we saw fragments which did not fall into the Pacific.09:14, 08/04/2012I personally saw what seems to have been two visible fragments from the Molniya-1-89 passing from west to east over Santiago, Chile at 01:20 GMT (22:20 local). There are unconfirmed reports of people seeing the fragments from several hundred km north and about 80 km south of where I am.
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