Pioneer Venus Probes


Pioneer Venus Probes and Bus - Atmospheric Entry

All times in UT (= EST + 5 hours) on December 9, 1978

                      Large Probe    North Probe    Day Probe    Night Probe       Bus
Entry Time (200 km)    18:45:32       18:49:40       18:52:18     18:56:13       20:21:52 
Impact Time            19:39:53       19:42:40       19:47:59     19:52:05           *
Loss of Signal         19:39:53       19:42:40       20:55:34     19:52:07       20:22:55
Impact Latitude          4.4 N         59.3 N         31.3 S       28.7 S        (37.9 S) 
Impact Longitude        304.0            4.8          317.0         56.7         (290.9) 
Solar Zenith Angle       65.7          108.0           79.9        150.7           60.7
Local Venus Time         7:38           3:35           6:46         0:07           8:30

*Bus signal lost at 110 km altitude


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Author/Curator:
Dr. David R. Williams, dave.williams@nasa.gov
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NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck, edwin.j.grayzeck@nasa.gov
Last Updated: 06 January 2005, DRW