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Venera 02
Venera 2 Mission to Venus

Goals: This Soviet spacecraft was originally intended for Mars, but it was re-equipped to study Venus. The mission was to fly past Venus, photograph the planet and make scientific measurements.

Accomplishments: Venera 2 spacecraft flew past Venus as planned, but a malfunction prevented any data or images it gathered from being sent back to Earth. Missions controllers tried to contact the spacecraft for a month before giving up.

Key Dates
12 Nov 1965:  Launch
4 Mar 1966:  Final Attempt at Communication
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Venera 02 Facts Soviet scientists were able to command the spacecraft to switch on its instruments before the flyby, but were unabled to regain contact.

Even though the flyby went as planned, no scientific data or images were returned from the spacecraft.

An investigation found several malfunctions caused the spacecraft to overheat.
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