The Soviet Union soft-landed its second spacecraft in five days on the planet Venus today, the official Tass news agency reported.
Tass said the Venus 11 transmitted scientific information about Earth's nearest neighbor for 95 minutes before going silent. The previous Venus probe, which landed on the planet Dec. 21, transmitted information back to the Earth for 110 minutes.
A parachute deposited the Venus 11 craft on the planet's surface on a spot about 1,600 miles from the landing site of the Venus 12, Tass said.
The Venus 11 station was rocketed into space on Sept. 9. On Saturday, two days before entering the Venusian atmosphere, a descent vehicle separated from the main station and slowly dropped down.
The Soviet landers were designed to transmit data for at least 30 minutes and to photograph the Venusian surface, but Tasa made no mention that any photographs were received from the Venus 11.
The Venus 12 was the ninth Soviet spacecraft to land on Venus' rocky, cloud-shrouded surface it was the most successful to date.
The Venus 12 landing came 12 days after five U.S. scientific capsules plunged into the Venusian atmosphere.
One American probe was designed to burn up in the atmosphere, while four others were to burn up after they struck the surface. In an unexpected development, one U.S. probe managed to survive and transmit measurements on the planet's atmosphere for 67 minutes, 47 seconds.
The U.S. capsules were not designed to survive the searing surface temperature of Venus, which has been recorded at 900 degrees Fahrenheit.