This Day In Astro History

Magellan on a mapping 
mission of Venus

May 4

1989 - Magellen mission to Venus. Launched from the payload bay of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Mission objective: to obtain high resolution images of the entire planet's surface. Cruise time to Venus 1 year, 3 months and 6 days. After a wildly successful mission and extended mission the spacecraft was commanded to plunge into the planet's dense atmosphere Tuesday, October 11, 1994.
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