Model, Planetary Probe, Pioneer Venus Multiprobe


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Exploring the Planets exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

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 multiprobe. The Pioneer Venus multiprobe carried and released four probes, which measured the atmospheric composition, temperature, and pressure as they descended toward a hard landing on the surface.

NASA transferred this to the Museum in 1982.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

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


Plastic and wood.


Approximate: 11 13/16in. x 1ft 3 3/4in. (0.3m x 0.4m)

Country of Origin

United States of America


MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

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