Re-Entry: Soyuz Block I Upper Stage from Progress MS-08 Launch

Photo: Roscosmos

The third Stage of the Soyuz 2-1A rocket that launched the Progress MS-08 spacecraft on its path to the International Space Station re-entered the atmosphere on Friday, February 16, 2018 over Canada.

Finishing its role in the successful launch of Progress MS-08, the modified Block I stage completed an avoidance and passivation maneuver, arriving in an orbit of 193 by 240 Kilometers, inclined 51.6°. This orbit is very short-lived and coupled with the rocket body’s low mass and large surface area, it makes for a quick orbital decay, typically within two days of launch.

NORAD ID: 43212
Origin: Russia/CIS
Object: SL-4 Rocket Body
Type: Block I, Soyuz 2-1A 3rd Stage
Mass: 2,355kg
Inclination: 51.6°
Launched: February 13, 2018 – 08:13:33 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 2-1A
Launch Site: 31/6 Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

Re-Entry: February 16, 2018 – 21:40 UTC
Re-Entry Zone: Canada

Re-Entry Zone
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron