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posted 12-27-2013 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 246 (December 27, 2013)

Space Cover #246: Pioneer Venus

This installment of Space Cover of the Week features covers from the Pioneer-Venus mission. Pioneer Venus Orbiter was launched on May 20, 1978. Pioneer Venus multiprobe was launched on August 8, 1978.

The Pioneer Venus Orbiter entered venusian orbit on December 4, 1978. The Pioneer Venus multiprobe consisted of a large probe and 3 smaller probes which were released on November 20, 1978. The probes entered Venus atmosphere on December 9, 1978. Not designed to survive the hot Venus enviroment the day probe transmitted for 68 minutes from the surface of Venus.

John Macco
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posted 12-27-2013 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great covers John!

Venus is kind of the poor, ugly stepchild of the solar system - sizzling hot (800 degrees F on the surface), tremendous pressure (like 90 earth atmospheres), sulfuric acid in the atmosphere, none of the prospects of life that make Mars so intriguing, nor the fantastic photo opps that the gas giant planets present.

But Venus is a poster child for global warming gone wild. We could learn a lot from it...

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