surface pictures of venus

Surface pictures of Venus:

"As part of a study of the Soviet exploration of Venus, Don Mitchell obtained the original digital data from the first probes that touched down, Veneras 9 and 10. He used up-to-date digital processing techniques on the raw data from those spacecraft, as well as from subsequent Veneras. The results are a dramatic improvement on the images previously released from Veneras 9 and 10."
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8 Responses:

  1. rakafkaven says:

    "No-go, dude. Sure, she's hot, but she's got Veneras 9. That's the one that makes it turn chartreuse before it falls off."

  2. loosechanj says:

    I just have to mention this idiot: Brad Guth.

    Another amazing thing is that those landers had lifetimes measured in *minutes*, before they were squished and melted.

  3. suppafly says:

    like mars, but with bigger rocks and less red tinted light.

  4. kdarr says:

    I can't wait for our probes to be able to take surface pictures of a planet that doesn't look like a dry riverbed.

    So far, our solar system is sucking pretty bad.

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    • gregv says:

      Didn't you learn anything from Hubble? To make this interesting, you have to apply some false color:

      ooo... pretty...

    • suppafly says:

      i like how it looks like you could walk from end to end since there is no tree or anything to mess up the horizon..

    • billemon says:

      Although it does mean all those TV shows that made alien planets look like a sandpit or quarry weren't far wrong *g*

  5. waider says:

    Every time I see that picture (and it's all over the, hack, wheeze, blogosphere right now) I think, "why is there a giant Band-Aid™ on Venus?"