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Venus: A Radar View. Caption & Credits

These color-coded views of Venus, obtained from radar mapping done by the Pioneer Orbiter, reveal the surface of the planet to consist of a large rolling "plain" (covering 60%) with two main "continents." While there is little evidence for moving crustal plates, there may still be a number of active volcanoes on Venus.

Image credit: Michael Kobrick, NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab

Return to Venus: the Veiled Planet

Copyright 1995: Board of Trustees, University of Illinois


NCSA. Last modified 11/17/95.