Cosmos 2221 and its rocket body

Judy May (
Fri, 16 Jul 1999 23:40:34 -0400

I observed for the first time tonight Cosmos 2221 (22236) and Cosmos
2221-r (22237).  They travel in tandem together, separated by about one
degree.  I have never seen such a pair before, and was quite pleased
with the view.  However, I was under the impression that after
separation the rocket would quickly and permanently disassociate from
the satellite.  This raised three questions for me:

     1. What happened in this instance that kept these two together all
these years?

     2. Where can I turn to find specific details about the history,
mission, and intended purpose for any satellite?  I was interested in
knowing the original purpose for this satellite, but was not having much
success looking through the small assortment of Web links I have
collected over the years.

     3. Can anyone recommend some other neat pairs like this to observe?


       --- Judy

   _~O  __O        Judy May       
(*)/---|/-(*)      Life is a journey ...    Enjoy the ride!