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Bion-M
Bion-M No. 1
Bion-M No. 1
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Biosat which combined a Vostok spherical pressurized reentry capsule and a Yantar service module.

Status: Operational 2013. First Launch: 2013-04-19. Last Launch: 2013-04-19. Number: 1 .

Family: Biology. Launch Vehicles: R-7, Soyuz-2-1A. Launch Sites: Baikonur LC31. More at: 6389, 12157.



2013 April 19 - . 10:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC31. Launch Pad: LC31/6. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1A.
  • Bion-M No. 1 - . Mass: 6,266 kg (13,814 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Biology. Type: Biology satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Bion-M. Spacecraft: Bion-M. Decay Date: 2013-05-19 . USAF Sat Cat: 39130 . COSPAR: 2013-015A. Apogee: 579 km (359 mi). Perigee: 471 km (292 mi). Inclination: 64.8800 deg. Period: 95.14 min.

    The biosat combined a Vostok spherical pressurized reentry capusle and a Yantar service module. The capsule carried mice, gerbils, geckos, and snails; microorganisms in FRAGMENTER and BIOKONT-B containers; fish and algae in an OMEGAHAB aquarium; plants in FITO plant containers; and some microgravity materials experiments. Landed 82 km north of Orenburg at 03:12 GMT on 19 May. The gerbils had perished due to equipment failure; all of the geckos and half of the mice were alive



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