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This Day in History: MAGELLAN SPACE PROBE REACHES VENUS (1990)


Magellan Space Probe Reaches Venus (1990)

The first planetary spacecraft to be launched from a space shuttle,Magellan took 15 months to reach its destination, arriving in orbit around the second planet from the Sun in August 1990. It was then put to work generating high-resolution maps of Venus’s surface and measuring the planet’s gravity. Four years later, with its mission complete, Magellan plunged into Venus’s tremendously dense atmosphere and disintegrated. What do Magellan’s images reveal about the planet? More… Discuss