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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Venera 6, Soviet probe to Venus, launched 1969
The Venera 6 spacecraft, launched January 10, 1969 from the former Soviet Union, reached Venus May 17. A parachute opened after the main capsule entered the atmosphere to slow the rate of descent. It sent out data every 45 seconds for 51 minutes. It stopped operating due to high temperature and pressure.