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Israeli Satellite Ends Its Orbit

Ofek, Israel’s first space satellite, re-entered the atmosphere and disintegrated Sunday, 118 days after it was launched on Sept. 19.

It had remained in orbit almost four times longer than the one-month life expectancy calculated by the Israel Space Agency and Israel Aircraft Industries, the prime contractor in its construction.

Israel expects to launch its second space satellite, Ofek-2, within 18 to 24 months.