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Sputnik 8



This spacecraft was an Earth-orbiting platform from which a Zond rocket, carrying the automatic interplanetary station Venera 1, was launched.

Sputnik 8 is sometimes used to refer to the platform and the Venera 1 probe. Information on the Venera 1 probe can be found at:

Alternate Names

  • Tyazheliy Sputnik 5
  • 00077
  • 1961 Gamma 3
  • Sputnik8

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1961-02-12
Launch Vehicle: Modified SS-6 (Sapwood) with 2nd Generation Upper Stage + Escape Stage
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), U.S.S.R
Mass: 6424 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (U.S.S.R)


  • Engineering

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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