The Soviet Union says its nuclear-powered satellite, Cosmos 1402, which has gone out of control in space, will fall to earth on Sunday January 23rd in the Arabian Sea.
1. BELGIUM (BRT)
GV PAN EXTERIOR Radiation proof shelter 0.05
2. GV INTERIOR AND SV Men monitoring path of Soviet satellite (3 shots) 0.15
3. CU Of map showing radiation levels (2 shots) 0.23
4. U.K. (BBC)
GV ZOOM IN Fylingdale tracking station in Yorkshire 0.30
5. SV INTERIOR Of radar tracking device (2 shots) 0.46
6. SV AND CU Of radar monitoring path of Cosmos (3 shots) 0.54
7. GV AND SV Staff monitoring progress (4 shots) 1.10
8. VISNEWS LIBRARY
CANADA GV ZOOM IN TO Pieces of Soviet spacecraft lying in snow in Canadian back woods (2 shots) 1.35
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The Soviet Union says its nuclear-powered satellite, Cosmos 1402, which has gone out of control in space, will fall to earth on Sunday January 23rd in the Arabian Sea. But the satellite's nuclear core won't re-enter the atmosphere until mid-February--and there are fears it could land on Belgium, which lies beneath its orbit. The threat is being taken seriously by the Belgians, who have been monitoring radiation levels all over the country. They said there was only one chance in a million of it hitting Belgium, but they weren't taking any chances. Meanwhile in Britain, the tracking station at Fylingdale in Yorkshire was following the changing orbit of the satellite. The experts said that much would depend on the way Cosmos 1402 re-entered the atmosphere. If the angle was steep, most of it could burn up but if the angle was shallow it could skip like a stone across water and even bounce back into a new space orbit. Five years ago, a Soviet satellite which had fallen out of its orbit landed in the back woods of Canada. The Canadian authorities found the satellite's wreckage but no traces of its nuclear reactor.
Source: BELGISCHE RADIO EN TELEVISIE (BRT)/BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION (BBC)/REUTERS LIBRARY