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Image of the nucleus of Comet Halley as viewed by Vega 2
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Image of the nucleus of Comet Halley as viewed by Vega 2

October 15, 2009
The Vega mission was an international project conducted by the former USSR with several other countries within the framework of Intercosmos. The mission comprised two identical spacecraft, Vega 1 and Vega 2, which first delivered a Venus lander into the Venusian atmosphere. Using the gravity of Venus to propel them towards Comet Halley, the two spacecraft encountered Halley in early March 1986. The closest approach of Vega 1 to Halley was 8890 km while Vega 2 had a close encounter at 8030 km.


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