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Venus surface. Solar System Details

Venus surface. Solar System Details

If Venus could be seen with the eyes of a radar, this is what it would look like. The image is a reconstruction of the surface of Venus created with data from the Magellan space probe.

The Magellan probe orbited Venus using the radar to map the surface of our neighboring planet between 1990 and 1994. The Magellan probe found interesting features on the surface, among other large domes, usually about 25 kilometers wide, as shown.

It is believed that these rounded tops have been created by volcanic phenomena, although their exact formation remains unknown. The surface of Venus is so hot and hostile that no surface probe has remained active for more than a few minutes.

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