Made using an ultraviolet filter in its imaging system, the photo has been color-enhanced to bring out Venus's cloudy atmosphere as the human eye would see it. Venus is perpetually blanketed by a thick veil of clouds high in carbon dioxide and its surface temperature approaches 900 degrees Fahrenheit.
Launched on Nov. 3, 1973 atop an Atlas-Centaur rocket, Mariner 10 flew by Venus in 1974.
Image Credit: NASA
Mariner 10NSSDC/COSPAR ID: 1973-085A
Spacecraft and Subsystems
- Mariner Venus/Mercury 73
Facts in BriefLaunch Date: 1973-11-03
Launch Vehicle: Atlas-Centaur
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 473.9 kg
- NASA-Office of Space Science Applications (United States)
- Planetary Science
- Space Physics