Friday, February 12, 2016

Tonight's Sky for February 12: Venera 1 Launched (1961)

It was on this date t hat Russia launched its Venera 1 space probe, which was the first spacecraft designed to travel to another planet, Venus. Launched on February 12, the satellite was set for a Venus flyby on May 19. Unfortunately, before the flyby, communication with the satellite was lost. However, in the days immediately after launch, it did return some then groundbreaking data on the solar wind and Earth's magnetic field.

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