In the early 1970s, NASA sent Mariner 10 past Venus. In 1974, the probe returned the first close-up image of the planet. In this image, Venus has been color-enhanced to show what it would look like to the human eye.
Here you can see the clouds of carbon dioxide enshrouding the planet, where temperatures can reach as high as 900 degrees Fahrenheit. Venus is indeed inhospitable, but it is no different from earth because it is a terristerial plant.
These images were captured by Mariner 10.
- The Goddess of beauty
While eerily beautiful, the surface of Venus is as hostile as the deepest recesses of space. Wrapped in thick clouds of sulfuric acid, the planet’s surface simmers under a seemingly impenetrable atmosphere.
2. The planet wearing colours
3. Shrouded in cloud
In 1978, NASA sent the Pioneer Venus Orbiter to study Venus for more than 10 years. This image shows the extensive cloud cover of the planet. Scientists believe that Venus once contained water and could have been quite similar to Earth a billion years ago.
4. Views change
By watching the changes of Venus through his telescope, Galileo came to his groundbreaking conclusion that Venus orbits around the sun. When Venus is seen from the Earth, it is the brightest planet in the sky.
5. The fire plant
Several spacecrafts have been sent to the surface, but the planet’s extreme temperatures and high pressure inevitably disable and crush the crafts soon after landing.
Until then, Venus will continue to fascinate, as this image of the transit of Venus across the sun’s path amplifies.