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Zond 1 (3MV-1 #1, 2)

Zond 1 (3MV-1 #1)

The 3MV-1 series were soviet Venus probes carrying a landing capsule.

The spacecraft consisted of a fly-by probe and a 90 cm spherical landing capsule, containing experiments for chemical analysis of the atmosphere, gamma-ray measurements of surface rocks, a photometer, temperature and pressure gauges, and a motion/rocking sensor in case it landed in a liquid.

The first probe (3MV-1 #1) was launched on 27 March 1964, but was left in an earth orbit, when the upper stage of the launch vehicle failed. It was designated Kosmos 27.

Zond 1 (3MV-1 #2), the second probe in the series, was launched on 2 April 1964 from Baikonur. The probe failed during cruise phase, when a slow leak from a cracked sensor window caused the spacecraft to depressurize. An ground command turned on the radio system while there was still a rarefied atmosphere inside, causing the electronics to short out by corona discharge. Nevertheless, communication was maintained via the transmitter in the landing capsule, so that space radiation and atomic-hydrogen spectrometer measurements could be performed. By May 14 1964, finally all communications failed. Zond 1 passed 100,000 km from Venus on 14 July 1964. It was the second Soviet research spacecraft to reach the planet.

Nation: USSR
Type / Application: Venus flyby and lander
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Propulsion: KDU-414 (S5.19)
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
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Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Kosmos 27 (Zond (1c)) (3MV-1 #1) 1964-014A 27.03.1964 Ba LC-1/5 P Molniya (M)
Zond 1 (3MV-1 #2) 1964-016D 02.04.1964 Ba LC-1/5 Molniya (M)