Surface rocks on Venus

Surface rocks on Venus

. On 5 March 1982 the Venera 14 lander touched down on Venus at 13 degrees south latitude and 310 degrees east longitude, where it survived for just one hour before succumbing to the planetís heat. That was long enough to radio back these photographs of the surface of Venus, which include part of the lander and a mechanical arm at the bottom. The thin, plate-like slabs of rock could be due to molten lava that cooled and cracked. The composition and texture of these rocks is similar to terrestrial basaltic lava. (Courtesy of Iosif Shklovskii.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University