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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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