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Nurek ( ) is a city in the Khatlon provincemarker of Tajikistanmarker. It is situated on the Vakhsh Rivermarker, 885 m above sea level, and is 70 km southeast of Dushanbemarker, the capital. It has a population of 18,950 (2008 estimate).

The city was founded in 1960 alongside the construction of Nurek Dammarker, which was completed in 1980.

The city also has a military area housing personnel working at the nearby optical satellite tracking facility, the Okno ("Window") complex , belonging to the Russian Space Forces. The Okno is capable of tracking objects 40,000 kilometers (24,800 miles) from Earth, the space forces said in a statement carried by the Interfax-Military News Agency when it was put on duty in 2002. The facility involves telescope-like equipment housed in several large spheres, similar to the U.S. GEODSS system.

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  1. http://www.fas.org/spp/military/program/track/okno.pdf Sourcebook on the Okno and Krona Space Surveillance Systems
  2. SPACE.com - Russian Space Forces Inaugurate New Space-Tracking Facility



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