One of the lesser known achievements of the Cold War space race is the success of the councilors in landing the incredibly harsh and irrepressible surfaces of Venus, which have temperatures that can reach a bloom of 870 degrees Celsius. ) and atmospheric pressure 90 times that of Earth. Despite these infernal conditions, the Russians managed to land 14 functioning probes (only the US ruled one) and land on the surface. Cosmos 482, however, was not one of them, because a missile malfunction caught him in the Earth's orbit. But he may soon return home.
The Cosmos 482 was launched on March 31, 1972, just days after its probe, which became Venus 8, was released in Venus. Soviet probes usually have a generic Cosmos name when placed on the market, and receive an official name for the mission when they successfully exit the Earth's orbit. Cosmos 482 would have been Venus 9 if he had come to Venus, but of course he did not.
What happened was the Block L output engine – the rocket stage designed to propel the Earth orbit and Venus – interrupts prematurely in 125 seconds due to equipment failure that effectively twists the probe into a highly elliptical orbit around the Earth, with a maximum distance of about 6,093 miles and a minimum of about 126 miles.
Over the years this orbit has risen and now it seems to range from 1,700 miles to 125 miles. It also appears that at some point in time an explosion has occurred that divides the spacecraft into at least two parts, one of which re-enters the atmosphere and the one still in orbit
. What part of the spacecraft is left in orbit, independent observers noticed something like an elongated shape, although it is not quite clear what is actually there.
The sources seem to think that part of what is still in orbit includes the airplane itself, which makes this particular piece of space garbage so interesting.
to endure a re-entry into the atmosphere of Venus; even after spending nearly half a century in space, such a ship must be more than capable of withstanding the re-entry to Earth, which means that a 1,091 pound piece of paper space will likely survive the re-entry and hit the Earth.
I guess parachutes are likely to keep working, but I would not rely on it.
No one is sure exactly where and when the remnants of Cosmos 482 will remain, but they all seem to agree to be earlier than the initial estimates somewhere between 2023 and 2025
One good thing about all this is that it reminds us of some really tough and interesting hardware and cosmos race research; the landing of Venus with an active spacecraft remains impressive to this day.
I guess the flaw is that one of these impressive spacecraft can collapse in your garage. It's unlikely, but maybe just keep an eye out, though.