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On This Day in Space! Dec. 14, 1962: Mariner 2 Spacecraft Flies by Venus

On Dec. 14, 1962, NASA's Mariner 2 spacecraft flew by Venus

The Mariner 2 spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral on Aug. 27, 1962, and It took the spacecraft three and a half months to reach Venus. NASA reported several technical problems along the way, but Mariner 2 pulled through, and passed less than 22,000 miles from the surface of Venus. This was the first time a spacecraft successfully flew by another planet

Mariner 2 was the first successful interplanetary spacecraft. It flew past Venus in 1962. (Image credit: NASA)

The mission not only taught NASA about Venus, but it also helped NASA figure out how to operate a spacecraft far away from Earth.

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