Friday, October 22, 2010

On This Day In Space Exploration History

On 22 October 1975 Russia's Venera 9 landed on Venus...

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Venera 9 was the first human spacecraft to land on another planet. It operated for 53 minutes before the temperature (860 degrees F) and pressure (93 times that of Earth) overwhelmed it. Before it died the lander returned several images.  Not such a pleasant place, Venus.

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