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Prognoz 8



This spacecraft was a member of a continuing series to measure charged particles, plasma, magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Although no specific information has been provided concerning the experiments and the scientific objectives, it is likely they were both similar to Prognoz 7. The study of solar UV, X-ray, and gamma-ray emissions was continued along with the monitoring of electrons and protons in interplanetary space and the magnetosphere. The investigation of the nuclear compositions of solar and galactic cosmic rays was continued along with the measurement of in situ magnetic fields. A request was made to the Project Scientist to provide descriptions of the various instruments, but no response was received. It was known from other sources that the solar X-ray experiment was the same as that flown on Prognoz 7.

Alternate Names

  • 12116
  • Prognoz8

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1980-12-25
Launch Vehicle: Modified SS-6 (Sapwood) with 2nd Generation Upper Stage + Escape Stage
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), U.S.S.R
Mass: 915 kg

Funding Agency

  • Soviet Academy of Sciences (U.S.S.R)


  • Space Physics
  • Solar Physics
  • Astronomy

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Dr. H. Kent Hills



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Albert A. GaleevProject ScientistInstitut Kosmicheskich Issledovaniya (IKI)
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