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Vega 2
Vega 2 Mission to Venus Vega 2 Mission to Comets

Goals: The Soviet Union's twin Vega spacecraft were designed primarily to deliver advanced landers and balloons to Venus, but the return of comet Halley to the inner solar system provided an opportunity for additional science.

Accomplishments: The spacecraft transmitted 700 pictures of Halley's comet, which were of greater clarity than those of Vega 1, probably because it encountered less dust. However, Vega 2 sustained considerably more damage than its twin during the flyby. Seven instruments were damaged, though none were incapacitated.


Key Dates
21 Dec 1984:  Launch (09:13:52 UT)
15 Jun 1985:  Venus Landing (03:00:50 UT)
7 Mar 1986 - 11 Mar 1986:  Comet Halley Flyby
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
Vega 2 Facts Vega was a cooperative effort by the Soviet Union, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, France and West Germany.

Vega 2 was part of a fleet of international spacecraft sent to meet comet Halley (above) in 1986.

Vega 1 and 2 were identical spacecraft.
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