A probe to discover the planet Venus
Venus is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty and it is the second brightest object in the night sky after the Moon. For this reason it is likely to have fascinated mankind for ages.
In the 90s, Magellano probe allowed us to admire its surface for the first time.
Launched from the Space Shuttle by NASA on May 4, 1989, it mapped more than the 98% of Venus’ surface and provided us with high-quality images with a resolution equivalent to optical imaging.
The mission was a tremendous success that ended only in 1994 when the probe was deorbited into the Venusian atmosphere and disintegrated. On its way down, Magellan provided us with its farewell contribution: as a matter of fact, it collected interesting data on the composition of the upper atmosphere of Venus.