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2MV-1/1 Mission to Venus

Goals: Also known as Sputnik 20, this was a Venera-type spacecraft intended to impact Venus.

Accomplishments: None. The rocket that was to propel the spacecraft from Earth orbit to Venus shut off after 45 seconds (instead of the planned 240 seconds), leaving it marooned like the preceding year's Sputnik 7. The spacecraft orbited Earth for 3 days, then re-entered the atmosphere.

Key Dates
25 Aug 1962:  Launch
28 Aug 1962:  Re-entered Earth's Atmosphere
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
2MV-1/1 Facts This was one of three Venus spacecraft the Soviet Union prepared for a 1962 launch window.

The spacecraft design was similar to the Soviet Mars missions.

Plans called for a combined series of flybys and impacts.
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