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Venus in Ultraviolet. Caption & Credits

This view of Venus was taken from a distance of 450,000 miles by Mariner 10's television cameras on February 6, 1974, one day after the spacecraft flew past Venus enroute to Mercury. Individual TV frames were computer-enhanced, then mosaicked and retouch ed. The pictures were taken in invisible ultraviolet light. Blue appearance of the planet does not represent true color, but is the result of darkroom processing of the images with a blue filter to enhance the UV markings on the planet's clouds.

Courtesy NASA

Return to Venus: the Veiled Planet

Copyright 1995: Board of Trustees, University of Illinois

NCSA. Last modified 11/17/95.