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   March 1, 1966. The first spacecraft reached the surface of Venus.

   On March 1, 1966, the station reached Venus and crashed into its surface in the region from −20 ° to + 20 ° in latitude and from 60 ° to 80 ° east longitude. The Venus-3 station was the first spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet. 

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   The descent vehicle was a ball with a diameter of 92 centimeters. In it was placed a metal globe of the Earth, inside of which was a pennant depicting the emblem of the Soviet Union. Scientific instruments were also installed in the descent vehicle (in particular, capable of measuring the parameters of sea waves on the surface of Venus - it was assumed that with high probability it would land on the water surface).

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   During the flight with the Venus-3, 63 communication sessions were conducted. However, its control system broke before it reached Venus. Therefore, he did not transmit any data on Venus and telemetry from the descent vehicle, but scientific data were obtained on cosmic and near-planetary space in the year of the quiet Sun. A large volume of trajectory measurements presented a great value for studying problems of ultra-long-distance communications and interplanetary flights. Magnetic fields, cosmic rays, low-energy charged particle fluxes, solar plasma streams and their energy spectra, cosmic radio emissions and micrometeors were studied.

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   A new commercial space flights for tourists is registered in Russia and plans to build launch facility,

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   Russia's first private spaceport to be built in the Nizhny Novgorod region

   The Government of the Nizhny Novgorod Region and the Region Development Corporation have signed an agreement with a private company to build the country's first private suborbital space complex, from which it is planned to send tourists to a low orbit.

 

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   Seems familiar... only thing is that it works on liquid oxygen and alcohol. 

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12 hours ago, LoooSeR said:

   A new commercial space flights for tourists is registered in Russia and plans to build launch facility,

 

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   Seems familiar... only thing is that it works on liquid oxygen and alcohol. 

There's a blurb about it in this article; https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/rocket-report-sls-slip-likely-pegasus-problems-and-eelv-has-expired/

(I think it's the same one you mentioned)



Suborbital tourism company to use ethanol fuel. A Russian company that wants to offer suborbital space trips for tourists, CosmoCourse, says that it will use ethyl alcohol as a fuel, TASS reports. The company says it plans to begin space tourism flights in 2025 and is now designing its own launch complex in Russia's Nizhny Novgorod region, some 400km east of Moscow.

Perhaps, perhaps not ... We first heard of CosmoCourse back in 2016, when the company announced a plan that looked a lot like Blue Origin's New Shepard vehicle and said it would be flying by 2020 from another location. So while we're always intrigued by new space tourism entrants, we don't have much faith in a company that has already moved its launch target by five years.

 

 

Also, from that article, Ukraine is trying to develop a domestic launch site, and the next FH mission is prepping the pad.

 

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