1956 late August, Illyrien Space Center, Press Office
Venus update from the ISP. Earlier this months, two probes, launched earlier this year finally arrived at the sister planet. A third was lost in space, when it ran out of hydrazine and was unable to ignite its engines.
Gene Kerman has declared the Venus missions a collective success, and has commented that one of the probes managed to get into a low polar orbit, so that we can now start to learn more about this mysterious planet.
Camera data is still incoming, and being processed, but we cannot seem to see any surface features, leading our scientist to conclude that either the camera is damaged or the surface is hidden behind a thick atmosphere. Further updates regarding this, as conclusions are reached.
The first probe, henceforth renamed the Venus Orbiter 1, arrived at the very edge of the Venus SOI and barely managed to slow down sufficiently to get into a very high orbit.
The second probe, henceforth renamed the Venus Orbital Scanner, passed Venus at about 17k km altitude and, with a minimal burn, managed to get into a highly ecliptic orbit.Further corrective burns lowed that altitude to less then a thousand, which should allow for radar scanning of the planet.
With the lessons gained from these results, course corrections where sent to two Mars probes, to try to replicate this situations.