Former Soviet Union's first weather satellite falls in Antarctica

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The former Soviet Union's first weather satellite Meteor-1 fell in Antarctica on Tuesday after 43 years in orbit, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The former Soviet Union's first weather satellite Meteor-1 fell in Antarctica on Tuesday after 43 years in orbit, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"According to data provided by the Main Center for Space Reconnaissance, the Meteor-1 fragments entered the Earth's atmosphere at 2:17 Moscow time (2217 GMT Monday)," Russia's Space Forces spokesman Alexei Zolotukhin was quoted by Itar-Tass news agency as saying.

Zolotukhin said that the satellite fell in the Queen Maud Land region of Antarctica.

The Meteor-1 was developed in the 1960s and had worked on the Polar orbit for over one year after its launch from the Plesetsk cosmodrome on March 26, 1969.

The 1.4-ton satellite was the first fully operational meteorological satellite of the Soviet Union.

It provided near-global observations of the earth's weather systems, cloud cover, ice and snow fields, and reflected and emitted radiation from the dayside and nightside of the earth- atmosphere system for operational use by the Soviet meteorological service.

The Russian government is planning to restore the Soviet network of weather satellites to help monitor weather and climate conditions across the country.

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