Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Cosmos 1 in Space or Bottom of Sea?

    It's unclear what happened to Cosmos 1, the solar sail. The Planetary Society and Cosmos Studios say their team is getting faint signals from the spacecraft ("We have reviewed our telemetry recordings and have found what we believe are spacecraft signals in the data recorded at the tracking stations in Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka and Majuro, Marshall Islands...." etc.) But the Russians now say it has crashed into the Barents Sea not far from where it was launched. There may be no business crueller than spaceflight: People have worked for years on space probes that have crashed or, worse, just vanished without explanation (the Mars Observer being the most notorious in that category). For the sake of the scientists behind Cosmos 1, I hope it turns up somewhere, like that lost Boy Scout or the Runaway Bride. But space travel tends to be unforgiving. Got a bad feeling that this spacecraft is currently exploring the bottom of the sea.

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 22, 2005; 11:39 AM ET
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: The Missing Cockatiel
Next: New money v. Old money in Middleburg

No comments have been posted to this entry.

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company