Magellan Venus Probe Video

National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC

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

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.