Kosmos 24

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Kosmos 24
Mission type Optical imaging
COSPAR ID 1963-052A
SATCAT no. 712
Mission duration 9 days[1]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Zenit-2
Manufacturer OKB-1
Launch mass 4,730 kilograms (10,430 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date 19 December 1963, 09:28:58 (1963-12-19UTC09:28:58Z) UTC[2]
Rocket Vostok-2
Launch site Baikonur 1/5
End of mission
Disposal Recovered
Landing date 28 December 1963 (1963-12-29)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 199 kilometres (124 mi)
Apogee 392 kilometres (244 mi)
Inclination 65 degrees
Period 90.43 minutes
Epoch 23 December 1963[3]

Kosmos 24 (error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup (help) meaning Cosmos 24) or Zenit-2 No.15 was a Soviet optical film-return reconnaissance satellite which was launched in 1963. A Zenit-2 satellite, Kosmos 24 was the fifteenth of eighty-one such spacecraft to be launched[4][5] and had a mass of 4,730 kilograms (10,430 lb).[1]

A Vostok-2 rocket, serial number G15001-03,[6] was used to launch Kosmos 24. The launch took place at 09:28:58 UTC on 19 December 1963, from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.[2] Following its successful arrival in orbit the spacecraft received its Kosmos designation, along with the International Designator 1963-052A and the Satellite Catalog Number 712.[1]

Kosmos 24 was operated in a low Earth orbit. On 23 December 1963 it had a perigee of 199 kilometres (124 mi), an apogee of 392 kilometres (244 mi), with inclination of 65 degrees and an orbital period of 90.43 minutes.[3] Having spent nine days in orbit, the spacecraft was deorbited on 28 December 1963. Its return capsule descended under parachute for recovery by Soviet forces.[5]


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  3. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Zenit-2 (11F61)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Wade, Mark. "Zenit-2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Wade, Mark. "Vostok 8A92". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2013.