March 1, a postcard with an original stamp dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Venera 3 automatic interplanetary station flight is issued as part of Space Conquest series

On 16 November 1965, Venera 3 unmanned spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur space-vehicle launching site. It was an automatic interplanetary station aimed at researching the planet Venus. The station consisted of an orbital section and a descent module, a sphere of 0.9 m in diameter and weighing 960 kg.

After a 3.5-month space travel, AIS Venera 3 reached the surface of the planet and delivered a pennant with the USSR coat of arms on 1 March 1966 09:56 Moscow time.

A large volume of trajectory measurements gained during the flight served as valuable data to research superlong-range communication and interplanetary travel.

The postcard with an original stamp depicts a symbolic image of a carrier rocket being launched into space. The main image features the AIS Venera 3 against the background of Venus and a metallic globe with the USSR pennant.

Additionally, FSUE PTC “Marka” will manufacture a special cancellation postmark for Moscow, Korolyov (Moscow Oblast) and Baikonur central post office.

Design: A. Drobyshev (stamp), R. Komsa (illustration)
Circulation: 30,000 copies.

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