Kosmos 32
Mission typeOptical imaging reconnaissance
COSPAR ID1964-029A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.00807
Mission duration8 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeZenit-2
Launch mass4730 kg[1]
Start of mission
Launch date10 June 1964, 10:48:00 GMT
RocketVostok-2 s/n R15001-02
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 31/6
End of mission
Landing date18 June 1964
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric[2]
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude213 km
Apogee altitude319 km
Period89.8 minutes
Epoch10 June 1964

Kosmos 32 (Russian: Космос 32 meaning Cosmos 32) or Zenit-2 No.18 was a Soviet, first generation, low resolution, optical film-return reconnaissance satellite which was launched in 1964. A Zenit-2 spacecraft, Kosmos 32 was the eighteenth of eighty-one such satellites to be launched[3] and had a mass of 4,730 kilograms (10,430 lb).

The launch of Kosmos 32 took place at 10:48 GMT on 10 June 1964. A Vostok-2 rocket, serial number R15001-02,[4] was used to place the satellite into orbit, with Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome being used for the launch.[5] Following its successful insertion into orbit the satellite received its Kosmos designation, along with the International Designator 1964-029A and the Satellite Catalog Number 00807.[6]

Kosmos 32 was operated in a low Earth orbit. On 10 June 1964, it had a perigee of 213 kilometres (132 mi), an apogee of 319 kilometres (198 mi) and inclination of 51.3°, with an orbital period of 89.8 minutes. After eight days in orbit, Kosmos 32 was deorbited on 18 June 1964 with its return capsule descending by parachute for recovery by Soviet forces.[7][8]


  1. ^ https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraft/display.action?id=1964-029A - 27 February 2020
  2. ^ https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraft/displayTrajectory.action?id=1964-029A - 27 February 2020
  3. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Zenit-2 (11F61)". Gunter's Space Page. Archived from the original on 31 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  4. ^ Wade, Mark. "Vostok 8A92". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  5. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Cosmos 32". National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  7. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
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