From the Surface of Venus

From the Surface of Venus

In October 1975, the Soviet Venera 9 landed on Venus and returned the first pictures ever taken from another planet.

The above images are from the Soviet Venera 13 and 14 missions in 1982.

See the arm extended in the left and right pictures? See the piece of debris in the middle of the right picture, and the same piece of debris under one of the sensors of the arm in the left picture?

That’s a lenscap. They popped off just as the veneras landed, then the arms extended. The probe on the right’s lenscap came off fine. The second one landed *exactly* where that arm extended.

One of those probes flew about 50 million kilometers to test the compressibility of it’s own lenscap.