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3MV-1A/4A Mission to Venus

Goals: This was another Soviet attempt to study Venus during a flyby mission. It carried nine instruments to study the planet and interplanetary space.

Accomplishments: A malfunction in the launch vehicle led to an explosion that destroyed the spacecraft before it reached Earth orbit.

Key Dates
19 Feb 1964:  Launch (05:47:40 UT)
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
3MV-1A/4A Facts This was the Soviet Union's 24th attempt to send a spacecraft into interplanetary space.

Four of the 10 interplanetary launches in 1964 - by Americans and Soviets - were at least a partial success.

A cracked fuel pipeline is believed to have doomed this mission.
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