Granat to reenter next year

Allen Thomson (
Mon, 9 Nov 1998 11:37:21 -0700

>From Space News November 9-15 1998:

Russia's Granat Strays To Earthbound Route

A large Russian astronomy satellite's orbit is gradually deteriorating and
the spacecraft is expected to enter the Earth's atmosphere sometime next
summer. Russian authorities expect the 4,000-kilogram Granat, launched in
December 1989, to crash into the Pacific Ocean. Granat was originally
expected to function for just two years.

[Granat is 1989 096 A, NORAD 20352]