Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tonight's Sky for November 4: Venera 14 Launched (1981)

It was on this date in 1981 that the Soviet Union launched its Venera 14 spacecraft. Like its twin, Venera 13, Venera 14 was equipped with cameras and a spring-loaded arm to measure how compressible the ground was. However, the arm experiment failed thanks to the fact that the arm landed right on a lens cap that popped off (by design) from one of the cameras, meaning that the arm measured the 
compressibility of the lens cap rather than the soil.

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