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Magellan Venus Probe Video

August 28, 1990 – Closed

Museum: Air and Space Museum

Location: Entrance to Exploring the Planets, Gallery 207, 2nd Floor, West Wing

This 6-minute video shows footage from the unmanned Magellan Venus Probe. Launched from the Space Shuttle Atlantis on May 4, 1989, it reached Venus in August 1990. Magellan remains in a fixed orbit above Venus while the planet rotates beneath it. Magellan maps for 37 minutes during each orbit and sends the data back to Earth for analysis.