The launch of the Soviet space probes Vega 1 and Vega 2 to explore Venus, including its atmosphere, and flyby Halley’s comet, a rare guest in the inner Solar System, added a vivid page to the history of space exploration. This paper is dedicated to Designer General Vyacheslav M. Kovtunenko.
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Dolgopolov, V.P., Pichkhadze, K.M. & Sukhanov, K.G. The Vega project: A space mission to Venus and Halley’s comet. Sol Syst Res 46, 568–577 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1134/S0038094612070106
- Vega 1
- Vega 2
- flyby spacecraft
- autostabilized platform
- balloon probe