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Cosmos 216



Cosmos 216 was a first generation, low resolution Soviet photo surveillance satellite launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz rocket. The film capsule was recovered after 8 days. The mission was unsuccessful. The spacecraft landed in River Volga 1 km from shore and sank after 42 minutes. Eighty-five percent of the data was ruined.

Alternate Names

  • 03207
  • Cosmos216

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1968-04-20
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), U.S.S.R
Mass: 4000 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (U.S.S.R)


  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

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