If you could look across Venus with radar eyes, what might you see?
This computer reconstruction of the surface of
was created from data from the
Magellan orbited Venus and used
radar to map our
surface between 1990 and 1994.
Magellan found many
interesting surface features,
including the large circular domes,
typically 25-kilometers across, that are depicted above.
is thought to have created the
domes, although the precise mechanism remains unknown.
Venus' surface is so hot and
hostile that no surface probe
more than a few minutes.
E. De Jong et al.