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24/01/1978 The Nuclear Disaster of Kosmos 954

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SYND 25 1 78SOVIET COSMOS SATELLITE SEARCH

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Operation Morning Light

Kosmos 954 was a Soviet reconnaissance satellite launched in 1977. When the satellite reentered the Earth's atmosphere the following year, a malfunction prevented safe separation of its onboard nuclear reactor. It scattered radioactive debris over a total area of 124,000 square kilometres in northern Canada.
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    • Essentials 

    • Launch and operation 

    • Recovery 

    • Aftermath