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Kosmos 396 (Russian: Космос 396 meaning Cosmos 396) was an test flight of the Zenit-4M military surveillance satellite. The Zenit satellite's purpose was high resolution photographic reconnaissance. This particular test flight returned a capsule containing exposed film.
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