Vega


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.

Location: USAF Museum
Date: July 1993 (?)
Photo by: Karl D. Dodenhoff


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