MAGELLAN: Report from Venus

Take a safari under the clouds of Venus to experience its scorching hot surface, explore its volcanoes and lava rivers, and scan its intriguing cratered plains.

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Type: Feature show
Genre: Documentary
Release date: January 2008

Produced by: Loch Ness Productions
Directed by:




The Magellan radar-mapping mission to Venus was extraordinarily successful; the spacecraft returned more data than all NASA’s previous planetary missions combined. Now, MAGELLAN: Report From Venus brings Magellan’s images to you and your audiences!

We follow Magellan’s progress from its launch through the most significant discoveries. Because Venus’s clouds keep us from seeing the surface directly, scientists used radar imaging techniques to map the planet’s broken and jumbled terrain.

Included are spectacular images of Venus volcanoes, showing the wide variety of forms that volcanic action takes on this desolate world. Landslides also carve the terrain of Venus, proving that tectonism helps to shape the planet’s surface.

Impact craters caused by incoming space debris are scattered across the Venerian surface.

These three processes are familiar to us here on Earth; finding them at work on Venus allows opportunities to compare Venus with our home planet.


You can get this show from:
Loch Ness Productions
RSA Cosmos

Show details

Shorter version runtime : not available
Full version runtime: 29 minutes
Suitable for: General audience
Target audience: 6 - 13, 14 - 18, Adults
License: Traditional license
Resource & materials: Guide for educators, Poster

Technical specifications

Video format: Fulldome, Spherical mirror projection, Flat screen, Oculus Rift / VR devices
Resolution: 1K, 2K, 3K, 4K
Frame rate: 30 fps
Show orientation: Unidirectional
Stereo 3D: None
Production technologies: CG
Audio format: Stereo, 5.1
Languages: English

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