Exploring the Universe

Space pictures featuring a collection of astrophotographers, space artists, major observatories and space organisations.

Magellan Mission to Venus

The Magellan spacecraft was launched 4 May 1989 to map the surface of Venus. It arrived at Venus on 10 August 1990. Magellan took radar images of approx. 98% of the planet's surface, its imagery far superior then previous spacecrafts. The Magellan probe was one of Nasa's most successful interplanetary missions.

New Horizons Spacecraft

After a journey of more than nine years and five billion kilometres, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft finally arrived at the dwarf planet Pluto. Horizons made its closest approach on 14th July 2015, making the first ever close-up study of this icy, distant world. The spacecraft is so far away that its signals take more than four hours to reach us.

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