Venus - Venera 13 Lander

Color image of the surface of Venus from the Venera 13 Lander

Venera 13 Lander image of the surface of Venus at 7.5 S, 303. E, east of Phoebe Regio. Venera 13 survived on the surface for 2 hours, 7 minutes, long enough to obtain 14 images on 1 March, 1982. This color 170 degree panorama was produced using dark blue, green and red filters and has a resolution of 4 to 5 min. Part of the spacecraft is at the bottom of the image. Flat rock slabs and soil are visible. The true color is difficult to judge because the Venerian atmosphere filters out blue light. The surface composition is similar to terrestrial basalt. On the ground in foreground is a camera lens cover. (Venera 13 Lander, VG00261,262)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1982-03-01
Distance/Range (km): 0.002
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -07.5,303.0 E
Orbit(s): lander

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: surface, lander
Instrument: Television Camera (Panoramic Telephotometer)
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 252 x 1000, 9 bit
Instrument Field of View (deg): 170. (horizontal)
Filter: dark blue, green, red
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: vg00261, vg00262
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 81-106D-01B
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams,, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander,, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck,

Last updated: 24 September 2015