Satellite fragments (2), titanium / vanadium / aluminium, maker unknown, USSR, found in New South Wales, Australia, 1957-1972 Two fragments from a Russian satellite. They are the remains of spherical pressure vessels made of of metal with an original diameter of 14.9 inches. One fragment is a spherical pressure vessel with the upper segment burnt away during re-entry, leaving a slashed, jagged rim. The other fragment is similar from which test pieces were removed by the Department of Supply to determine the type of material used in construction. Both fragments are discoloured, a dark brown due to scorching, and have congealed slag deposits.
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(Accession num: B2093)
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