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Bion 11


Designation 24702 / 96073A
Launch date 24 Dec 1996
Country of origin CIS
Mission Scientific: life
Perigee/Apogee 217/378 km
Inclination 62.8°
Period 90.4 min
Launch vehicle Soyuz U
Launch site Plesetsk

It carries newts, snails, Drosophila flies and other insects, bacteria, and two macaque monkeys, Lapik and Multik. Both monkeys were safe at landing but Multik died of an heart attack during medical tests under general anaesthetic on January 8.

Could downlink in the 136 MHz area

End of life

Out of service 7 Jan 1997
Decay 7 Jan 1997

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