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Venus


Cloud Tops

Thumbnail Image Description Caption NASA IDs Image Size Hi-Resolution TIFF?
Thumbnail of image Ultraviolet image of Venus' clouds as seen by the Pioneer Venus Orbiter (Feb. 5, 1979).     29K Hi-res
Thumbnail of image Ultraviolet image of Venus' clouds as seen by the Pioneer Venus Orbiter (Feb. 26, 1979).     30K Hi-res
Thumbnail of image False color image of Venus' clouds as seen by the SSI instrument on Galileo. Caption P-37218 9.2K Hi-res
Thumbnail of image False color image of Venus' clouds as imaged by the NIMS instrument on Galileo. Caption P-37221 109K Hi-res
Thumbnail of image False color image of Venus' clouds as imaged by the NIMS instrument on Galileo. Caption P-37539 37K Hi-res
Thumbnail of image Ultraviolet image of Venus' clouds as seen by HST's Wide-Field/Planetary Camera 2. Caption STScI-PRC95-16, 95-HC-114 20K  

Global Views

Thumbnail Image Description Caption NASA IDs Image Size Hi-Resolution TIFF?
Thumbnail of image Hemispheric view of Venus produced by Magellan.     49K  
Thumbnail of image Five global views of Venus by Magellan. Caption P-45186 87K  
Thumbnail of image Topographic Map of Venus from Pioneer Venus (Mercator Projection).     163K Hi-res
Thumbnail of image Topographic Map of Venus from Magellan (Mercator Projection).     71K  
Thumbnail of image Topographic Map of Venus from Magellan (Sinusoidal Projection).     148K  
Thumbnail of image Microwave Emissivity Map of Venus from Magellan (Mercator Projection).     167K  
Thumbnail of image Gravity Maps of Venus from Magellan (Mercator Projection).     87K  

Surface Views

Thumbnail Image Description Caption NASA IDs Image Size Hi-Resolution TIFF?
Thumbnail of image Surface photographs from the Soviet Venera 9 and 10 spacecraft. The Soviet Venera 9 and 10 spacecraft were launched on 8 and 14 June 1975, respectively, to do the unprecedented: place a lander on the surface of Venus and return images. The two spacecraft successfully landed a descent craft on 16 and 23 October 1975. These images were obtained on 22 and 25 October 1975. Venera 9 landed on a slope inclined by about 30 degrees to the horizontal whereas Venera 10 was only inclined about 8 degrees. The two spacecraft were separated by about 2100 km. Most of the rocks in the images are between about 0.3 and 1 meter.     108K  
Thumbnail of image Surface photographs from the Soviet Venera 13 spacecraft. The first of the Venera missions to include a color TV camera and the first to succeed in obtaining pictures since Venera 10, the Venera 13 lander touched down on 3 March 1982.     127K  
Thumbnail of image Color version of the left half of the Venera 13 image.     63K  
Thumbnail of image Color version of the right half of the Venera 13 image.     58K  
Thumbnail of image Surface photographs from the Soviet Venera 14 spacecraft. The Venera 14 lander became the second Venus surface probe to transmit color images after setting down on 5 May 1982.     156K  

Three-dimensional Views

This section consists of three-dimensional images derived from Magellan data. The vertical scale of all of these images has been exaggerated by a factor of 22.5.

Thumbnail Image Description Caption NASA IDs Image Size Hi-Resolution TIFF?
Thumbnail of image Computer generated surface view of Eistla Regio (from the southwest). Caption P-38720 121K Hi-res
Thumbnail of image Computer generated surface view of Eistla Regio (from the northeast). Caption P-38724 108K Hi-res
Thumbnail of image Computer generated surface view of Gula Mons. For this image, we also have a special treat. Because the vertical scale on these images is so exaggerated (a factor of 22.5, remember), we thought you might want to see what one of them would look like with a more realistic vertical scale. This image of Gula Mons (8.1K) has been altered to more closely resemble the actual vertical scale. Caption P-38721 98K Hi-res
Thumbnail of image Computer generated surface view of Sif Mons. Caption P-38722 110K Hi-res
Thumbnail of image Computer generated surface view of a corona, tentatively named Idem-Kuva. Caption P-38723 108K Hi-res
Thumbnail of image Computer generated surface view of Alpha Regio. Caption P-38870 108K Hi-res
Thumbnail of image Computer generated surface view of Maat Mons. Caption P-39326 122K Hi-res

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