13 years ago
CMarie B

My son wants to know "was Venus the first planet Earth visited?"?

My son wants to know "was Venus the first planet Earth visited?"?
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13 years ago
jjillylilly
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Yes! Good for your son. We went there first (in '62) because it was closest and we thought it might be a lot like earth. But it was only a probe, not manned. And it's just too darned hot to ever have a manned landing or even send any more probes, the instruments just melt and vaporize. It's the temperature of a self-cleaning oven with a sulfuric acid atmosphere. Mars IS turning out to be a lot like earth however and we'lll probably have a manned landing in the not too distant future:) I hope your son, at least will see it:) "Venus, named for the Roman goddess of love, is the planet that passes closest to Earth (39,000,000 kilometers). In 1962 it became the first planet beyond Earth to be studied in situ by a space probe (Mariner 2)."
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13 years ago
GeoffG
Yes, Venus was the first planet visited by a fly-by probe, the USA's Mariner 2 in 1962, the first planet to be impacted by a probe, the USSR's Venera 3 in 1966, and the first soft landing on a planet, the USSR's Venera 7 in 1970.
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13 years ago
Homestead Clif
"Venus was the first target of interplanetary flyby and lander missions and, despite one of the most hostile surface environments in the solar system, has had more landers sent to it, nearly all from the Soviet Union, than any other planet in the solar system." No people have been there though.
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13 years ago
Eddie
tell SUITTI to check his references first. the soviet probe in 1960 that would have flew by mars was destroyed at lift-off. so Mars was NOT the first to be visited by humans, Venus was the following year.
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13 years ago
suitti
Nope. It was Mars. Unless you consider the Moon to be a planet. Many planetary scientists consider the Moon to be a planet. You know, it's big, it's round, that sort of thing. I wish my son asked questions like that.
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