Venus looks bigger than the Earth in figure 1 because of the very deep layer of gases that surround the planet.
Venus is covered by clouds of water vapour and sulphuric acid and the surface cannot be seen with an ordinary astronomy telescope. There is no life at all on Venus and life could never be supported there because of the extreme heat and the atmosphere. The mountains and craters on Venus have all been given female names such as the crater called Billie Holiday after a female American jazz singer. There is only one male name -  the Maxwell Mountains which are called after the Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell.
This was one of the first ever close-up photographs of Venus, captured by NASA’s Pioneer Venus spacecraft.
You might be amazed to know that spacecraft have actually landed on the surface of Venus and sent pictures back.
This is a false-color image of Venus taken by the Venus Monitoring Camera on board ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft.
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Some pictures of Venus have been taken from here on Earth, while other Venus pics have been taken from spacecraft orbiting the planet. It shows the entire surface of the planet, imaged by the spacecraft’s radar instrument, which can penetrate the thick clouds to reveal the surface below. Planetary scientists used the radar data captured by Magellan to build up 3-dimensional images of the planet’s surface. It’s actually a false color image made from ultraviolet images of the planet Venus by the spacecraft. The Soviets sent a fleet of Venera spacecraft to Venus, and several actually made it down to the surface.
You might be surprised to know that spacecraft have even landed on Venus (they didn’t last long), and took images of Venus from the surface.
Magellan was launched from the cargo bay of the space shuttle Atlantis in May 1989, and arrived at Venus on August 10, 1990.
The Pioneer Venus Orbiter went into orbit around Venus on December 4, 1978, and released several probes into Venus’ atmosphere to study it.
Here’s a color photograph of Venus captured by the Venera 13 spacecraft, which landed on the surface of Venus on March 3, 1982.
If you lived on Venus, the Sun would appear to rise in the west in the morning, and set in the east in the evening! While they may both have started out as temperature and water-rich worlds, Earth stayed that way.


Venus took a wrong turn somewhere, and became a desolate, hot, unforgiving place that the late astronomer George Abell once described in textbook as being the closest thing we have to Hell in the solar system.
The Soviet Venera missions settled onto the surface and showed Venus to be a volcanic desert .
It prevents all but the largest meteors from reaching the surface.The Venusian AtmosphereThe atmosphere of Venus is even more hellish than its active volcanic surface.
The thick blanket of air is very different than the atmosphere on Earth, and would have devastating effects on humans if we attempted to live there. This is in stark contrast to our breathable atmosphere, which contains primarily nitrogen (78%) and oxygen (21%). This has happened naturally on Venus, which has such a dense atmosphere, it has experienced the mother of all greenhouse conditions.
The weight of the atmosphere is 90 times greater than Earth's atmosphere is at sea level. Aside from the Venera landers, most of these missions (such as the Pioneer Venus orbiters and European Space Agency's Venus Express) explored the planet from afar, studying the atmosphere.



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