A spent rocket body from a 2001 Tsiklon-3 launch re-entered the atmosphere on April 27, 2017 after sixteen years in orbit.
The Tsiklon-3 rocket lifted the Coronas F satellite into orbit as part of a solar-terrestrial science mission for the study of the solar hard electromagnetic radiation in a wide energy range from Extreme UV up to high-energy gamma-ray radiation. Coronas F was the second in a three-satellite program dedicated to Complex Orbital Observations Near-Earth of Activity of the Sun.
NORAD ID: 26874
Object: SL-14 Rocket Body
Type: Tsiklon-3 Upper Stage
Launched: July 31, 2001 – 08:00 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Tsiklon-3
Launch Site: Plesetsk, Russia
Re-Entry Prediction: April 27, 2017 – 11:29 UTC +/-12 Min.
Re-Entry Zone: Pacific Ocean