Vega spacecraft

Vega spacecraft

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Caption: Vega spacecraft, Russia. In December 1984 an international mission was launched to study Venus and the tail of Halley's Comet. Two identical Soviet spacecraft, Vega 1 and 2, carried the equipment. The US designed a dust collector to analyse the comet. Various other equipment, including a probe in each to release into the atmosphere of Venus, was provided by an international team of scientists. Vega 1 and 2 passed around 8000 kilometres behind the tail of Halley's Comet, collecting important data.

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Keywords: 1900s, 1984, 1985, 1986, 20th century, cis, commonwealth of independent, engineering, halley's comet, international, novosti, probe, russia, russian, soviet, soviet union, spacecraft, spaceflight, states, technological, technology, ussr, vega

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