Surface of Venus

Surface of Venus

. A radar system on board the Magellan spacecraft has mapped the surface of Venus to a resolution of 120 meters, producing this global view of the planet's terrain. A vast equatorial system of highlands and ridges runs from the continentlike feature Aphrodite Terra (left of center) through the bright highland Atla Regio (just right of center) to Beta Regio (far right and north). This image is centered at 180 degrees longitude, and drawn using a sinusoidal projection that does not distort the area at different latitudes. A more traditional projection of the Magellan global data was shown in Fig. 2.12. Dark areas are correspond to terrain that is smooth at the saale fo the radar wavelength of 0.13 meters; bright areas are rough. (Courtesy of JPL and NASA.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University