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B2093 Satellite fragments (2), titanium / vanadium / aluminium, maker unknown, USSR, found in New South Wales, Australia, 1957-1972. Click to enlarge.

Satellite fragments

Made in USSR, 1957-1972.
Two fragments from a Russian satellite. They are the remains of spherical pressure vessels made of of metal with an original diameter of 14.9 inches.

One fragment is a spherical pressure vessel with the upper segment burnt away during re-entry, leaving a slashed, jagged rim. The other fragment is similar from which test pieces were removed by the Department of Supply to determine the type of material used in construction. Both fragments are discoloured, a dark brown due to scorching, and have congealed slag deposits.

Summary

Object No.

B2093

Object Statement

Satellite fragments (2), titanium / vanadium / aluminium, maker unknown, USSR, found in New South Wales, Australia, 1957-1972

Physical Description

Two fragments from a Russian satellite. They are the remains of spherical pressure vessels made of of metal with an original diameter of 14.9 inches.

One fragment is a spherical pressure vessel with the upper segment burnt away during re-entry, leaving a slashed, jagged rim. The other fragment is similar from which test pieces were removed by the Department of Supply to determine the type of material used in construction. Both fragments are discoloured, a dark brown due to scorching, and have congealed slag deposits.

Marks

Stencilled on one of the fragments 'OSO/1A', this mark was placed on the object after it was discovered, presumably during the official investigation.

Production

Made

USSR 1957-1972

Notes

These fragments were made in the USSR between 1957 and 1972.

History

Notes

These fragments were found in October 1972 on Dobikin Merino Stud, Bellata. Impact location Lat 29°54" S, Long 149°44" E. Three fragments found, the last is still with the donor.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mr J T Vickery, 1973

Acquisition Date

20 November 1973

Cite this Object

Harvard

Satellite fragments 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 July 2020, <https://ma.as/210707>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/210707 |title=Satellite fragments |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=8 July 2020 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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