Launched 45 years ago in the Soviet Union space station, “Space-482” soon fall to the Ground. This was stated by the astronomer and historian of Astronautics Paul Shubin.
March 31, 1972, an attempt was made to send to Venus space station “Venera-9”, followed by “Venera-8” launched 5 days earlier.
However, the failure of the booster, which was supposed to bring the apparatus into an interplanetary trajectory, turned off the engine and the unit remained in a highly elliptical Earth orbit with parameters 220 km 9800 km.
Since almost all satellites in the Soviet period was called “Space”, “Venus-9” was renamed “Kosmos-482”.
“Station “Kosmos-482″ come back to us in the next 4-7 years,” – said Shubin.
Over the last 45 years, the orbit of the space station was lost about 7400 km, reducing the apogee of up to 2400 km In next few years the unit will go into the lower layers of the atmosphere and fall.
Recall that the mission “Venus-8” was completed successfully: the device has landed on the surface of Venus and for the first time in the world gave scientific information about its surface.