Venera 10 on Venus
Date: 25 Oct 1975
The Soviet Union's Venera 10 returned this image during its 65 minutes of operation on the surface of Venus in 1975. The sun was near zenith during this time -- the lighting was about what would be seen on Earth on an overcast summer day. The objects at the bottom of the image are parts of the spacecraft. The image shows flat slabs of rock, partly covered by fine-grained material, not unlike a volcanic area on Earth. The large slab in the foreground extends over two meters across.
Last Update: 16 Jun 2011 (AMB)
Credit: NASA (Image originally taken by a Soviet spacecraft)