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Zenit - Korolyov's Legacy


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2021 Oct 25
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Zenit-4 Missions

This was the second of the original Korolyov Zenits, carring different cameras and equipment to the Zenit-2. While Zenit-t was designed for area surveys, Zenit-4 was designed for close-look photography. Zenit-4 It was originally designated Vostok-4 but the name was changed to differentiate it from the piloted spacecraft.

One mission is specifically of note - Cosmos 309 (1969-098A/4223) was the only Zenit-2 to carry a Nauka module, a device designed to fly on the Zenit-2M. There does not seem to be any explanation in the puiblic domain as to why this was.


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Page date: 2011 September
Descriptions updated 2019 September

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