Author(s): Jack Higgins
Mariner 2 was the first interplanetary space probe to successfully reach another planet. Launched in August 27, 1962 by NASA, it performed a successful flyby at a distance of 35,000 km from Venus on December 14, 1962. Communication with the probe was lost in January 3, 1963.
Final preparations before launch, 1961-Dec-31
Launch on an Atlas-Agena rocket, 1962-Aug-27
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