Encounter with Venus

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Science  23 Feb 1979:
Vol. 203, Issue 4382, pp. 743-745
DOI: 10.1126/science.203.4382.743


This report is an introduction to the accompanying collection of initial results from the successful Pioneer Venus orbiter and mutiprobe missions that encountered Venus on 4 December and 9 December 1978, respectively. The mission features are briefly described and furnish data accumulated over the first 30 days of the mission.