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Monday, February 13, 2017
Venera 1 launched by Soviets to Venus 1961
February 13, 1961 (Feb 12 Soviet time), Venera 1 took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, headed for Venus. At first everything went smoothly. Venera 1 sent back telemetry reports February 19 on solar wind and cosmic ray data, but seven days later, the next scheduled telemetry did not occur. On May 19, Venera 1 passed within 60,000 miles of Venus but failed to send back any data.