|Mission type||Optical imaging reconnaissance|
|Mission duration||8 days|
|Launch mass||4730 kg |
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||14 July 1966, 10:33:00 GMT|
|Rocket||Voskhod 11A57 s/n N15001-14|
|Launch site||Baikonur, Site 31/6|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||22 July 1966, 09:22 GMT |
|Reference system||Geocentric |
|Perigee altitude||205 km|
|Apogee altitude||286 km|
|Epoch||16 July 1966|
Kosmos 124 (Russian: Космос 124 meaning Cosmos 124) or Zenit-2 No.42 was a Soviet, first generation, low resolution, optical film-return reconnaissance satellite launched in 1966. A Zenit-2 spacecraft, Kosmos 124 was the fortieth of eighty-one such satellites to be launched and had a mass of 4,730 kilograms (10,430 lb).
Kosmos 124 was launched by a Voskhod 11A57 rocket with serial number N15001-14, flying from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch took place at 10:33 GMT on 14 July 1966, and following its successful arrival in orbit the spacecraft received its Kosmos designation; along with the International Designator 1966-064A and the Satellite Catalog Number 02325.
Kosmos 124 was operated in a low Earth orbit, at an epoch of 14 July 1966, it had a perigee of 205 kilometres (127 mi), an apogee of 286 kilometres (178 mi), an inclination of 51.8°, and an orbital period of 89.4 minutes. After eight days in orbit, Kosmos 124 was deorbited, with its return capsule descending under parachute, landing at 09:22 GMT on 22 July 1966, and recovered by Soviet force.