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Sakigake & Suisei
Sakigake and Suisei are nearly identical Japanese spacecrafts, designed to fly by Halley's comet and study its effects on space environment.
Sakigake was launched on Jan. 7, 1985, followed by Suisei on August 18,1985. The two headed for Comet Halley, passing by it and returning images and measurements of its interaction with the solar wind. Both spacecrafts ran out of fuel before they could go see Comet Giacobini-Zinner in 1998.
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