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“Venera–1” probe – the 50th Anniversary.
On February 12, 1961 at 00:34 UTC the first planetary probe was launched to Venus by the Soviet Union.
The "Venera–1” (Venus-1) Automatic Interplanetary Station was a 643.5 kg probe consisting of a cylindrical body 1.05 meter in diameter topped by a dome, totaling 2.035 meters in height. Two solar panels extended from the cylinder, charging a bank of silver-zinc batteries.

Three successful telemetry sessions were conducted, gathering solar-wind and cosmic-ray data near Earth, at the Earth's magnetopause, and on February 19 at a distance of 1900000 km.
On May 19 and 20, 1961, Venera 1 passed within 100000 km of Venus and entered a helio ... Read more »
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US launched a spy satellite.
On February 06, 2011 at 12:26 UTC the "Minotaur-1” rocket-carrier was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. The rocket orbited a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. The mission was codenamed NROL-66 in the agency's rocket acquisition naming system. The payload is also called RPP, which is short for Rapid Pathfinder Program.
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