Russian satellite hit by meteorite

The Russian weather observation satellite Meteor-M N2-2 was hit by a micrometeorite, reportedly on December 18. After the clash, the satellite went our of control, changed its orbit, and began rotating.

According to Russia’s Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, the connection with the satellite has been reestablished and efforts have been made to resume its operation.  

Meteor-M N2-2 is a polar-orbit weather satellite used to properly obtain information for weather forecasts and control over the ozone layer and radiation environment in circumterrestrial space.

On November 23, 2019, the Cosmos-2422 satellite, which was part of a missile early warning satellite system, fell from orbit and burned up in the atmosphere upon reaching the end of its lifespan.

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