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    A Russian satellite, Monitor-E, belongs to a fleet of newly-designed, small Earth-observing satellites. It was launched on 26 August 2005 at 18:34 UTC from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, in Mirny, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia.

    An inoperable Russian Earth observation satellite, Monitor-E, will be entering the atmosphere over the Indian Ocean on 22 September, the Aerospace website shows.

    According to the Space-Track website, Monitor-E, which is in orbit at a minimum altitude of 188 kilometres (116 miles) and a maximum altitude of 196 kilometres (121 miles) will fall to Earth in the nearest future. 

    ​Monitor-E, which weighs 750 kilogrammes, was launched in 2005 from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, and placed in a Sun-synchronous orbit of 524 by 544 kilometres (325 by 338 miles). Serious technical problems arose during the operation of the device, and Monitor-E stopped working in 2011.

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