July 30 – Launch of Kosmos 36 (1964)

The wasp’s head in today’s illustration is actually Kosmos (Cosmos, if you prefer) 36, which was launched by the USSR on July 30th, 1964, via a Kosmos 2I launcher from the Kasputin Yar site (now in the Russian Federation) between Volgograd and Astrakhan.  It was used as a radar calibration target during tests of a missile defence system to presumably protect the comrades from the likes of decadent me.

Kosmos 36 (image credit: KB Yuzhnoye).
Kosmos 36 (image credit: KB Yuzhnoye).

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