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Kosmos 482
Kosmos 482 Mission to Venus

Goals: Like Venera 8, which embarked on a successful mission four days earlier, this spacecraft was to land on Venus with a design that devoted less of its mass to resisting pressure and more to thermal protection, instruments and a stronger parachute.

Accomplishments: None. Failure of the engine that was to propel it from Earth orbit to Venus marooned the spacecraft in an elliptical orbit around Earth for more than a month until it finally reentered Earth's atmosphere.


Key Dates
31 Mar 1972:  Launch
May 1981:  Re-entered Earth's Atmosphere
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Kosmos 482 Facts A booster malfunction left this Venus lander stranded in Earth orbit for years.

The probe was named Kosmos -- a designation for Earth-orbiting missions -- to conceal its true mission.

Its sister craft -- Venera 8 -- suceeded in landing on Venus.
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