Model, Planetary Probe, Pioneer Venus Orbiter

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    Model, Planetary Probe, Pioneer Venus Orbiter

    12 percent model; gloss blue exterior with gold antenna. The Orbiter is a flat cylinder .3 m in diameter and .144 m high. All instruments and spacecraft subsystems were mounted on the forward end of the cylinder, except the magnetometer, which was at the end of a 4.7-m boom.

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    Model, Planetary Probe, Pioneer Venus Orbiter

    12 percent model; gloss blue exterior with gold antenna. The Orbiter is a flat cylinder .3 m in diameter and .144 m high. All instruments and spacecraft subsystems were mounted on the forward end of the cylinder, except the magnetometer, which was at the end of a 4.7-m boom.

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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.