Cosmos 1437 was launched on January 20, 1983 and its mission was to provide espionage services to the Soviet Union. It was put into orbit on a Vostok-2M rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, which is now a Russian space base, and then on Soviet territory. After nearly 40 years, this satellite has been in an orbit that has been deteriorating for some time.
After several decades of existence as only space junk, this satellite was scheduled to enter again last Monday night. The fireball was monitored by BRAMON cameras.
The Soviet spy satellite "returns" to Earth
Residents of the regions of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul were able to observe the return of a Soviet satellite into the atmosphere on Monday night, January 3. At about 9 p.m. local time, a small luminous ball crossed the sky, recorded by the cameras of the Monte Castillo observation station. The fireball shows the re-entry of the Cosmos 1437 satellite, which returned to Earth after 39 years in orbit.
The Brazilian Meteorological Observation Network (BRAMON) identified the body of predictions already made while observing the deterioration of the satellite's orbit, and the Space Organization, specializing in space science and engineering, recorded the return of the craft and its trajectory.
Although it is difficult to predict the exact time and location of re-entry into the body, Aerospace has managed to do so Do this calculation very carefully. He predicted the return of the moon Cosmos 1437 over Brazil, at 21:02 (Brasilia time) on the second day 3 (already the fourth in mainland Portugal).
Some social media users recorded the moment and made some guesses. Several testimonials indicated seeing Starlink material.
According to information from BRAMON, the return of Cosmos 1437 did not pose any danger to the inhabitants on Earth. Much of its constituent material was vaporized during the passage of the atmosphere.
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