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Eight days after launching the seven ton Sputnik 8, at 00:34:36 UTC on 12 February 1961, the U.S.S.R. used the orbiting satellite as a launch platform from which to fire a rocket carrying the interplanetary space probe, Venera 1, towards the planet Venus. Contact with the Venera 1 satellite was lost after it came within within 100,000 km of the planet Venus. It is believed to still be in orbit around the Sun.
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On May 19,1961, the Venera 1 spacecraft passed within 100,000 km of the planet Venus.

On February 12, 1961, 00:34:36 UTC, the first planetary probe was launched to Venus by the Soviet Union. The Venus-1 Automatic Interplanetary Station, or Venera 1, was a 643.5 kg probe consisting of a cylindrical body 1.05 meter in diameter topped by a dome, totalling 2.035 meters in height.
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