This is a full-scale engineering model of the Vega Venus-Halley probe. Two Vega probes were launched in December 1984. Each spacecraft dropped a lander (carried in the large brown ball at the top of the spacecraft) onto the Venusian surface in June 1985. Each lander deployed a balloon into the Venusian atmosphere which provided the first long term direct measurements of the atmosphere. The main spacecraft continued on to flyby passes of Halley's Comet in March 1986. These probes provided the first closeup images of the comet and provided the information necessary to successfully send the European Giotto probe into the coma.

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This next set of photos is of a Vega engineering model broken down at the Garber Restoration Facility of the National Air and Space Museum.

This final set of photos is of the assembled Vega engineering on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum near Dulles Airport.

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