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Panoramic Telephotometer for Surface Imagery

NSSDCA ID: 1981-110D-01

Mission Name: Venera 14 Descent Craft


The panoramic photometer camera system carried on the Venera 13 lander was an improvement on the ones carried on Veneras 9 and 10. The design of the camera allowed for a 360 degree field of view, although the effective field of view for a single frame was 37 x 180 degrees. The panning axis deviated from the vertical axis of the lander by 50 degrees, so the middle part of the image shows the surface directly in front of the camera at a distance of 1.5 to 2 meters. Further from the center the image shows more distant areas. The angular resolution of the camera is 11', allowing details as small as 4 to 5 mm to be seen at a distance of 1.5 meters. The camera had red, green, and blue filters. Four panoramas were obtained giving a nearly 360 degree view of the area around the lander.

Alternate Names

  • Venera14DescentCraft/PanoramicTelephotometerforSurfaceImagery

Funding Agency

  • Russian Academy of Sciences (U.S.S.R)


  • Planetary Science: Geology and Geophysics

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this experiment can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams



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Selected References

  • Surkov, Yu. A., et al., New data on the composition, structure, and properties of Venus rock obtained by Venera 13 and Venera 14, J. Geophys. Res., 89, 8393-8402, doi:10.1029/JB089iS02p0B393, Feb. 1984.
  • Moroz, V. I., Summary of preliminary results of the Venera 13 and Venera 14 missions, in Venus, D.M. Hunten Ed., U of Arizona Press, 1983.
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