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Venera 14 Mission to Venus

Goals: Like previous Soviet Venus missions, Venera 13 and 14 were twin pairs and flyby spacecraft. The flyby craft was designed to relay transmissions from the landers in addition to studying Venus and interplanetary space. The landers carried advanced instruments to study Venus' atmosphere and soil.

Accomplishments: Venera 14 arrived at Venus four days after its twin. Though the color panoramic pictures it transmitted showed the lander to have set down on a 500 m (1600 ft) hill, with small foothills in the distance, the atmospheric pressure it recorded (93.5 times that of Earth, compared to 89.5 reported by Venera 13) suggested that it reached a substantially lower altitude than Venera 13. Venera 14 performed the second soil analysis on Venus, drilling a 30 mm deep hole and excavating about one cubic centimeter of soil, which was found to be similar to basaltic rocks on Earth that are formed at mid-ocean ridges by underwater volcanoes.


Key Dates
4 Nov 1981:  Launch
5 Mar 1982:  Venus Landing (07:00:10 UT)
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
Venera 14 Facts Venera 14 released its parachute at an altitude of 47 km, using only Venus' thick atmosphere to slow down as it fell to the surface.

The spacecraft touched down safely on what appeared to be a hilltop.

Air blowers moved a soil sample through a series of chambers before it was scanned by the x-ray fluorescence spectrometer.
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