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Cosmos 253



Cosmos 253 was a first generation, low resolution Soviet photo surveillance satellite launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz rocket. The film capsule was recovered after 8 days. The mission was unsuccessful. On the 13th orbit the SA-20-1 camera's shutter responded to an uncommanded order to open. Radiation levels inside reached three times normal levels. Fifty-three percent of the data was lost.

Alternate Names

  • 03542
  • Cosmos253

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1968-11-13
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz
Launch Site: Plesetsk, U.S.S.R
Mass: 4730 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (U.S.S.R)


  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

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