Black and white image of the surface of Venus with the edge of a spacecraft visual.
Source: Soviet Space Agency Venera Program (via NASA National Space Science Data Center)
Published: May 7, 2008

Venera 13 lander images of the surface of Venus. The lander, launched by the former Soviet Union, touched down at 7.5 S, 303 E, east of Phoebe Regio, on 1 March 1982. It survived on the surface for 2 hours and 7 minutes.

These pictures were taken from its two opposite-facing cameras. The bottom frame shows the lander testing arm. The surface is made up of flat, platy rocks and soil. Parts of the lander and semi-circular lens covers can be seen in both images.



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