Press Release


Result of Re-entry of the Solar X-ray Observatory "Yohkoh" (SOLAR-A) to the Earth's Atmosphere

September 13, 2005 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

According to information from the Space Surveillance Network (SSN) of the USA, the Solar X-ray Observatory "Yohkoh" (SOLAR-A) re-entered the earth's atmosphere at 6:16 p.m. on September 12, 2005 (Japan Standard Time, JST) over South Asia (at around north latitude 24 degrees and east longitude 85 degrees). It was confirmed that the satellite disappeared from the orbit. Previous analysis shows that the frame of the Yohkoh burned and vanished at re-entry and it did not fall to earth.
The Yohkoh was launched aboard M-3S-II Launch Vehicle Flight No. 6 on August 30, 1991, from the Uchinoura Space Center by the former Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of the then Ministry of Education (currently the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA.)

Yohkoh Re-entry Location to the Earth's Atmosphere

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