Mariner 2


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Mariner 2

(ma -ră-ner) A 202-kg US probe that made the first successful planetary flyby, 34 830 km from Venus, on Dec. 14 1962. Its flight confirmed the existence of the solar wind and measured Venus' temperature, but did not detect a Venusian magnetic field.
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Mariner 2, a mere "fast flyby," revealed that the temperature deep in the planet's atmosphere exceeded 800[deg.]F, hot enough to melt lead.