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Blast-off History: Mariner 2 En Route to Venus - HudsonWerks
spaceplasma: Mariner 2 Launch Mariner 2 was the first successful mission to another planet by any country. Launched just 36 days after the failure of its twin, Mariner 1, it flew by Venus as planned at a range of 34,762 km (21,600 miles), scanning the planet’s atmosphere and surface for 42 minutes. The spacecraft showed that … Continue reading "Blast-off History: Mariner 2 En Route to Venus"