With all the commotion over NASA’s Curiosity Rover, it’s hard to believe that the mind-blowing image above of the Venusian surface was taken by Russian probe Venera-13 in 1982. Continue reading for videos, more pictures, and additional information.
Venus is the second planet from the Sun, orbiting it every 224.7 Earth days. The planet is named after Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Venus is one of the four solar terrestrial planets, meaning that, like the Earth, it is a rocky body. In size and mass, it is similar to the Earth, and is often described as Earth’s “sister” or “twin”. The diameter of Venus is 12,092 km (only 650 km less than the Earth’s) and its mass is 81.5% of the Earth’s.