Vega mission interview, 1986

Vega mission interview, 1986

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Caption: Vega mission interview. Interview being given by Soviet physicist Roald Sagdeev (born 1932), in his position as Director of the Space Research Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences. The interview relates to the Venera-Halley (Vega) missions of 1986. The nucleus of Halley's Comet is seen on the screen at upper left. The international Vega 1 and Vega 2 spacecraft arrived at Venus on 11 and 15 June 1985. From there, they travelled via a gravity assist to an encounter with Halley's Comet on 6 and 9 March 1986, passing at a distance of around 8000 kilometres. Photographed in Moscow, Russia, in March 1986.

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