Persei Booster Reenters Earth’s Atmosphere Written 6 January 2022


Second test launch of Angara-A5 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. | Credit: ИА Военинформ; Wikipedia; CC BY-SA 4.0

CNN reports that the out-of-control Persei rocket booster “has re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, according to the latest estimate from US Space Command, which has been tracking its descent.” The Persei booster was tested from an Angara-A5 heavy-lift rocket launched “from the Plesetsk spaceport in Russia’s northwestern Arkhangelsk region on Monday.” US Space Command “said the rocket reentered the Earth’s atmosphere at 2:08 pm MST over the Southern Pacific Ocean.” On Wednesday, European Space Agency Space Debris Office Head Holger Krag “said the Russian rocket part had been traveling at 7.5 kilometers per second (4.7 miles per second), and its reentry latitude was likely to be between 63 degrees north and south of the equator.” 
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