Model, Planetary Probe, Pioneer Venus Orbiter

Model, Planetary Probe, Pioneer Venus Orbiter

     

The Pioneer mission to Venus consisted of two spacecraft, an orbiter and a multiprobe that entered the Venusian atmosphere, each of them launched separately. This is a model of the Pioneer Venus orbiter, which studied the planet for more than a decade following its arrival in 1978. The Pioneer Venus orbiter carried a radar altimeter, which was used to make the first global map of the surface elevations. Its main antenna was used to produce moderate-resolution radar images of the equatorial region.

Transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1982.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Adminstration and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Exploring the Planets

Type
MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Plastic and wood.
Dimensions
Approximate: 11 13/16in. x 5 11/16in. x 1ft 10 3/16in. (0.3m x 0.144m x 0.564m)

The Pioneer mission to Venus consisted of two spacecraft, an orbiter and a multiprobe that entered the Venusian atmosphere, each of them launched separately. This is a model of the Pioneer Venus orbiter, which studied the planet for more than a decade following its arrival in 1978. The Pioneer Venus orbiter carried a radar altimeter, which was used to make the first global map of the surface elevations. Its main antenna was used to produce moderate-resolution radar images of the equatorial region.

Transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1982.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Adminstration and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Exploring the Planets

Type
MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Plastic and wood.
Dimensions
Approximate: 11 13/16in. x 5 11/16in. x 1ft 10 3/16in. (0.3m x 0.144m x 0.564m)

ID: A19820208000