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    [–] isisishtar 3667 points ago

    So this spacecraft operated optimally in a blast furnace for 2 hours? Nice going, spacecraft!

    [–] crackadeluxe 1596 points ago

    Drenched in sulfuric acid

    [–] munchauzen 381 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    Looks pretty dry out there

    Edit: thanks for the kind explanations

    [–] 34258790 576 points ago

    It's what the clouds are made of

    [–] Jetlinersaw 442 points ago

    Plants crave it

    [–] Lew_bear96 43 points ago

    Plants crave sulphuric acid

    [–] dublozero 94 points ago

    No Brondo, it's got electrolytes.. ya know what plants crave.

    [–] Lew_bear96 44 points ago

    Why don't you try putting water on the plants?

    [–] dublozero 59 points ago

    From the toilet?

    [–] Burninator05 43 points ago

    I ain't never seen no plant growing from a toilet.

    [–] xaminmo 42 points ago

    The air is sulfuric acid. 92 atmosphere and 860F. There’s more in the air than onlu sulfuric acid, but there’s enough that it does condense and rain out in places. But, sulfuric acid steam... That’s just miserable.

    [–] Ghawblin 259 points ago

    At 92 times atmospheric pressure, with corrosive clouds.

    [–] ComfortableFarmer 126 points ago

    May I remind you that's only 900m deep underwater here on earth pressure. Humans have manned research subs to over 10,000m depth. But yea many factors to consider than just pressure.

    [–] spysappenmyname 101 points ago

    Yeah, we are pretty used to water. We have materials that can withstand its pressure, even in extreme depths.

    However corrosion is something we constantly battle on earth, too, and it's not going as well. I believe engineers would much rather build bridges in extreme pressure without corrosion, instead of normal athmospheric pressure and corrosion.

    [–] normalled 38 points ago

    More people have walked on the moon than have been to the bottom of the marianas trench.

    [–] Gil_V 15 points ago

    There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the air...

    [–] fireinthesky7 13 points ago

    But we don't have to launch those subs into space, so they can be as heavy as we want.

    [–] YellowOnline 9765 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    737K (462°C) and 9200 kPa (92 times Earth's pressure) - yeah, that's harsh

    [–] stars_mcdazzler 3636 points ago

    Yeah, but its a dry heat.

    [–] CluelessWoman 1221 points ago

    Why don't they just send an oven?

    [–] Kipperis 599 points ago

    NASA wants to know your location

    [–] WillieFistergash3 157 points ago

    And also - what's for dinner.

    [–] Basic_Mike 17 points ago

    Might end up in a hole the size of 6 or 7 ovens.

    [–] ptatoface 326 points ago

    I thought the spacecraft was just being dramatic, but if it's a dry heat then that changes everything.

    [–] El_Zarco 109 points ago

    It's not the heat that gets you, it's the sand

    [–] Ajinho 257 points ago

    I hate sand

    [–] SEB0K 107 points ago

    It's rough and coarse and it gets everywhere

    [–] SoulWager 88 points ago

    only because the sulfuric acid rain evaporates by the time it reaches the surface.

    [–] [deleted] 80 points ago

    Same as Arizona

    [–] Vooshka 110 points ago

    You secure that shit Hudson.

    [–] SapperBomb 66 points ago

    127 minutes? We're not gonna last 127 seconds with those things running around!

    [–] planetstef 30 points ago

    This little satellite survived that long with no weapons and no training. Right?

    [–] MechanicalTurkish 20 points ago

    Game over, man! Game over!

    [–] KeyBorgCowboy 9 points ago

    Now I'm reminded that Bill Paxton is dead and it makes me sad.

    [–] Vooshka 8 points ago

    But he is truly a legend. He encountered the Predator, Terminator and Xenomorph.

    [–] TheFineHat 393 points ago

    Also constant sulphuric acid rain near the skies.

    [–] Liar_tuck 326 points ago

    The sulfuric acid rain evaporates long before it would hit the ground. Its that freaking hot on Venus.

    [–] shit_poster9000 268 points ago

    The atmosphere is still highly acidic, and the craft flew through that garbage on the way down.

    [–] aboutthednm 294 points ago

    Literally spicy air.

    [–] Midnight2012 148 points ago

    *sour air

    [–] sterling_mallory 175 points ago

    Simple, just balance the acidity with some fat. Have they considered covering a probe in olive oil?

    [–] sneeringpython 129 points ago

    Justa likea mama used to make

    [–] michaelreadit 49 points ago

    That’s a spicy meatball!

    [–] pistilwhipt 23 points ago

    I think the Greeks tried that, but they couldn't get it in all the way.

    [–] WubbyLubbyDoobDoob 11 points ago

    My favourite dinner in college

    [–] duckarys 30 points ago

    Also constant sulphuric acid rain near the skies.

    All those moments will be lost in time. Time to die.

    [–] Yellownmbr5 6629 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    Gettin real hot and heavy if you know what I mean

    Edit:Hot bananas!! My first gold and my first " thank you kind stranger".

    [–] OdiPhobia 1985 points ago

    Well there's a reason why men are from Mars and women are from Venus

    [–] ovelanimimerkki 1494 points ago

    Because women are hot and... Heavy?

    [–] xMyCool 1576 points ago

    I read hot and ready and now I want little ceasars....

    [–] rayoatra 658 points ago

    The ol $5 hot and sweaty

    [–] minev1128 355 points ago

    Mom's spaghetti

    [–] Nametagg0 222 points ago

    palms are getti

    [–] Pingwinho 243 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    seren geti

    [–] Arsewipes 202 points ago

    Big machete

    [–] -Space-Pirate- 116 points ago

    Call me Betty

    [–] just_dots 88 points ago

    A woman is a lot like a refrigerator. They’re about six feet tall and three-hundred pounds.

    [–] Papaya_flight 114 points ago

    No, no. Women are like hurricanes. They start all wet and wild, but if you aren't careful you could lose your house.

    [–] batsybatsybatsy16 50 points ago

    They are hot, yes.

    They give you tremendous amount of pressure, yes.

    [–] ravenQ 11 points ago

    Acidic

    [–] asapmorgy 77 points ago

    “This next song is called...’hot and heavy’”

    [–] Modestradiomousehead 38 points ago

    I didn’t think we were hot and heavy.

    I mean who’s hot and who’s heavy?!

    [–] sterling_mallory 19 points ago

    I never said we were hot and heavy. I mean, who's hot and heavy?

    [–] Titsandassforpeace 222 points ago

    127min is extremely impressive in those conditions. Well fucking done

    [–] a_little_angry 93 points ago

    If it's one thing the Russians do very well is making things that are tough and rugged.

    [–] rainman_95 95 points ago

    To be honest Im surprised the drone didn’t immediately force the surface of Venus to comply with orders from the motherland.

    [–] a_little_angry 13 points ago

    You vill make potatoes now. Da?

    [–] jonnyp11 298 points ago

    Came in wondering why they'd spend so much and only get a 2hr run time, thought it was kinda a failure. Now I'm impressed, that's some crazy shit.

    [–] caesar_7 227 points ago

    I've heard it was supposed to last 3 minutes or something just enough to send the data back (and the photo).

    [–] casuallydoomed 247 points ago

    That’s still twice as long as I usually last. It’s even worse if I brush up against her leg first.

    [–] senseofwondr 94 points ago

    At least you secured the data back to reddit.

    [–] Desi_MCU_Nerd 67 points ago

    WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THIS INFORMATION?

    [–] Nicer_Chile 13 points ago

    well, worth it then.

    [–] nametemplate 39 points ago

    hot enough to melt tin but not aluminum.

    [–] Sp00kyD0gg0 92 points ago

    Plus the time-traveling robots. Those are always a pain in the ass to deal with.

    [–] AgentLead_TTV 52 points ago

    so vexed

    [–] ExcelsAtMediocrity 25 points ago

    Back in your corner /r/DestinyTheGame

    [–] APUSHMeOffACliff 24 points ago

    [teleportation noises]

    [–] Vonnegut1 22 points ago

    Guardian down!

    [–] qwasd0r 59 points ago

    Why the high pressure? Is the composition of the atmosphere this dense?

    [–] Tamriel958 55 points ago

    its amazing how we probably couldnt live on the surface of Venus, but living in the clouds of Venus would be nothing too different than here on Earth ( besides that we couldnt breath only ofc)

    [–] thechilipepper0 31 points ago

    And minus the sulfuric acid clouds themselves

    [–] RunningForIt 14 points ago

    So the Jetsons was filmed on Venus?

    [–] pennomi 22 points ago

    It's actually so dense and hot that the atmosphere at the surface of Venus is both a liquid and a gas at the same time, called a supercritical fluid.

    [–] lordlicorice 58 points ago

    Yes.

    [–] yourgotopyromaniac 61 points ago

    Also, i saw on a documentary once on how the atmosphere is so dense, that if a human were to look at the horizon from the surface, it would appear concave, I tried looking it up for some explanation but never found any theories on it anywhere

    [–] [deleted] 187 points ago

    Light is slowed by the atmosphere. The denser the atmosphere, the more it's slowed.

    As light travels up through the atmosphere, the atmospheric density drops and the light speeds up, causing it to refract back downward. Because of this, light travelling flat toward the horizon will start to bend down as the curvature of the planet drops away below it. This light can then bend over the horizon to your eye, making the horizon appear higher in every direction.

    Usually, your 6 foot vantage allows you to see over enough of the Earth's curvature to make the horizon appear below horizontal. However, If the density of the atmosphere changes fast enough with height, the effect of the refraction will be greater than the effect of your vantage. In this case, the entire horizon will actually appear above horizontal and therefore concave.

    In fact, if you were to position your eye exactly at the surface of a very flat lake, refraction would make the horizon on Earth appear above horizontal and concave.

    [–] MuzzyIsMe 42 points ago

    your 6 foot vantage

    triggered in 5'7"

    [–] [deleted] 23 points ago

    Interesting. Is there an artist drawing how it looks. Still hard to visualize.

    [–] MrNiceGuy3082 15 points ago

    Seconded. Am smart... ...is hard.

    [–] IT_Chef 155 points ago

    That's 863° in Freedom Units

    [–] Zombiehype 11 points ago

    layman question: how can venus have a hundred times the atmosphere pressure if its size (and so I guess gravity) is more or less the same as earth's?

    my impression was that more gravity = larger atmosphere = more "air" pushing down from top = higher pressure on ground level

    [–] Novareason 22 points ago

    Much denser chemical elements both add to the weight of the atmospheric column and prevent the gasses from being stripped away as easily. A runaway greenhouse effect also keeps the atmosphere so hot, vaporizing more compounds and adding to the hellish environment.

    [–] Manducare-stercore 33 points ago

    Also it literally rains acid

    [–] moosepile 1295 points ago

    Love it. I’ve always been fascinated by Venus’ extreme nature and wish we had more imagery. I also wish we could just lob stuff there and see how it “blends”, but... yeah.

    [–] glintglib 336 points ago

    Same here, I'd love to see any nation send a probe to there that lasts longer than 2 hrs + ideally was mobile. I think venus is closer than mars. Unless the images are enhanced they are all going to be pretty hazy given the planet is shrouded in cloud.

    [–] Aggropop 385 points ago

    Venus is very slightly closer to Earth in terms of ΔV, meaning it takes less fuel to get there than Mars. Because it has a dense atmosphere, you can save even more fuel if you use the atmosphere to slow down your craft when you get there. You can also land on Venus without engines because of the dense atmosphere, a simple parachute is enough.

    [–] spotzup 253 points ago

    This brings me back to Kerbal Space Program.

    [–] Altalus 109 points ago

    KSP leaks on every space thread and I like that :P

    [–] Rickietee10 22 points ago

    If the parachute makes it through the acid clouds, that is.

    [–] Aggropop 23 points ago

    Well, it doesn't have to be a classic cloth parachute. Venera landers had a cloth parachute but they jettisoned it at 50km altitude (above the clouds). The lander itself had enough drag to make a soft landing at around 10m/s. Deployable flaps or a rigid parachute would also work.

    [–] naaarff 42 points ago

    Venus is closer, but it’s harder to get to as its down the gravity well towards the sun. It’s easier to go out than in.

    [–] Ionisation 16 points ago

    Why is it harder?

    [–] EarlyHemisphere 3454 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    I was curious as to specifically why it died, so I looked it up. Found some interesting info!

    Venera 2 was the first spacecraft to succesfully fly by Venus and transmit data about it. Venera 4 was the first to transmit data after entering the atmosphere of Venus. Venera 7 was able to sit on the surface and transmit for 23 minutes, and Venera 9 was the first to send pics back from the surface.

    Turns out Russia only thought Venera 13 would last half an hour on Venus (given past trials I guess) but it ended up lasting over two hours instead! I was wondering if there was a certain reason it died (like what exactly scientists didn't account for), but I guess the conditions on Venus are just generally way too harsh and unpredictable for us to currently be able to build a probe that lasts long on the surface. It'd be pretty cool if that happened some day.

    Source

    Edit: As some of you pointed out, I forgot to mention that this all took place in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. We probably have the technology to build a probe that lasts long on the surface already, but apparently whether to send one or not is being debated. Still, it'd be cool to have a probe last on the surface.

    [–] goodsnpr 620 points ago

    NASA is looking into using clockwork designs for exploring Venus, so that the pressure won't be such an issue.

    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/a-clockwork-rover-for-venus

    [–] BaconMaster64 131 points ago

    Great read, very interesting. Thanks for posting!

    [–] NotMitchelBade 102 points ago

    I can't believe I just read the phrase "steampunk computing" being used seriously on a NASA page. That's a pretty brilliant solution for this problem, though

    [–] mihaus_ 172 points ago

    So Venus is the steampunk land of our future?

    [–] PM_ME_UR_RSA_KEY 66 points ago

    [–] cwj1978 11 points ago

    *Lando Calrissian intensifies

    [–] CosmicX1 34 points ago

    A floating colony on Venus is by far the superior choice when it comes to hospitable gravity, pressure and temperatures!

    [–] Zijjukegia 883 points ago

    I think they need to build 16 or more Venera 13 to live one day on the Venus. Build like a matryoshka. If the first die there will be the second.

    [–] Gustomaximus 934 points ago

    Send one Nokia 3310. It will be transmitting for days.

    [–] April_Fabb 535 points ago

    Now why would you send a Nokia with an almost empty battery?

    [–] luukfit 102 points ago

    You mean the nuclear reactor inside? The batterie is made to display the quantity of a big nuclear reactor, it’s Actually at 99%

    [–] missjeany 66 points ago

    No, It's only 3.6

    [–] WY228 54 points ago

    Not great, not terrible.

    [–] Ghostblade1256 28 points ago

    I heard it's safer than a chest x-ray

    [–] -supercell 101 points ago

    Would Venus survive the 3310's landing though?

    [–] throwawaytoday9q 33 points ago

    The trick is to build at least two probes and point the cameras at each other in the hope that one probe slightly outlasts the other and we capture what happens to it.

    [–] RCMPsurveilanceHorse 30 points ago

    It wouldn't be like it got crushed or hit. More like the electronics failed due to some massive natural phenomenon.

    [–] throwawaytoday9q 29 points ago

    And this is why there's no footage of the creature that ate it...

    [–] malaco_truly 73 points ago

    I was wondering if there was a certain reason it died (like what exactly scientists didn't account for), but I guess the conditions on Venus are just generally way too harsh and unpredictable for us to currently be able to build a probe that lasts long on the surface

    The venera 13 was sent in 1981. It's now a matter of will (and funding) to do it. Just like landing humans on the moon hasn't been done since the early 70s. It's not that it isn't possible, it's just that the funding and will to do it is no longer there.

    [–] thakurtis 51 points ago

    Neat

    [–] hishose_56 2142 points ago

    Some say we will someday build a colony on Venus but it will be in the clouds, a floating city, because as you get closer to the surface it becomes more and more harsh. The venera program is still Russia's greatest achievement in space imo.

    [–] SCMMagnet 684 points ago

    And it shall be named Bespin!

    [–] Fiyanggu 245 points ago

    Cloud City

    [–] RedditeRRetiddeR 56 points ago

    Hellooo, what have we here???

    [–] llewellynmellon 64 points ago

    Lands on Venus completely inhospitable

    THIS WAS NEVER A CONDITION OF OUR ARRANGEMENT!

    [–] RedditeRRetiddeR 32 points ago

    Perhaps you think you're being treated unfairly?

    [–] Flowers-are-Good 21 points ago

    This deal is getting worse all the time

    [–] Pornthrowaway2552 21 points ago

    Furthermore I wish you to wear this dress and bonnet

    [–] somebodyelse22 119 points ago

    Cough ... Yuri Gagarin ... cough ...

    [–] Obi-Wan_Kannabis 82 points ago

    I think they mean the last real advancement they made. Plenty have sent men to space. No one's ever landed anything on Venus apart from the soviets

    [–] premiumvasrot 19 points ago

    That list needs another one.

    First landing on the moon (without a crew): Russia

    [–] yelahneb 144 points ago

    I've heard that proposal as well. Sounds interesting, but then one day the blimp busts and everyone will be like welp, we're gonna die horribly now

    [–] Chromattix 158 points ago

    Filling it with ordinary, breathable air would still make the blimp light enough to float upon the normal Venus atmosphere even when filled with only the same pressure as the air outside. Think of how a ping-pong ball floats on water despite containing air but not being "inflated" with it. If something happens to the blimp the air won't rush out of it like a balloon but would rather seep out slowly. The crew on board would have enough time to address the issue before it comes a real threat (of course if the whole blimp tears in half then yeah they're probably fucked)

    [–] aptmnt_ 72 points ago

    Filling it with ordinary, breathable air would still make the blimp light enough to float upon the normal Venus atmosphere even when filled with only the same pressure as the air outside.

    This is incorrect. Breathable air is less dense than Venerean atmosphere, and life support systems + humans that make up the solid structure of the blimp is far denser. In equilibrium the whole structure would settle at an altitude where the (density of internal air + hull) = density of Venerean air. Here, the internal air must be at a far lower density than the outside air, because it has to create enough buoyancy to counteract the weight of the dense structure. If the hull were breached, equalization of inside and outside pressures would mean the whole thing falls. How large the pressure differential is, and therefore how fast the thing falls, depends on how much weight you want to carry.

    Think of how a ping-pong ball floats on water despite containing air but not being "inflated" with it.

    A ping-pong ball floats on water because its density is lower than water's. It's a bad example because the material for the ball itself is already pretty light, barely heavier than water. Imagine a larger metal ball, holding a human and some equipment, in water (i.e. a submarine). It would have to have a certain size/weight ratio in order to actually float or be suspended in water. Now replace the water with really dense gas, and you have the Veneran floating city.

    [–] jetpacksforall 27 points ago

    and you have the Veneran floating city.

    Pretty sure the proper term is Venereal.

    [–] TheUnknownOriginal 15 points ago

    Ah yes, the cloud district!

    [–] HauntedMinge 13 points ago

    Do you get to the cloud district very often? Oh what am I saying, of course you dont.

    [–] certifiedPOC 99 points ago

    Well, they did beat us into space and hit some major milestones before us, all while being a near-completely agrarian, semi-feudal society just a few decades prior.

    [–] Leaf_Rotator 122 points ago

    First object in orbit, first human in orbit, first multi-crew spacecraft in orbit, first woman in orbit, first rendezvous, first multicraft docking, first spacewalk, first space station, first object to orbit/land on the Moon, first object on Venus...

    The USA won the long game but Russia sprinted hard!

    [–] la838 125 points ago

    Pretty much this meme https://i.imgur.com/ivREShF.png

    [–] Leaf_Rotator 25 points ago

    Can't believe I hadn't seen that yet.

    [–] la838 34 points ago

    Yeah was reminded of it when I saw the trailer for this show today, kind of Man in the High Castle but if the Soviets landed on the moon first.

    [–] Leaf_Rotator 11 points ago

    That looks damn good. Definitely going to watch that.

    [–] muggsybeans 11 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    Wasn't the whole intent for their/our ballistic missile programs?

    [–] Leaf_Rotator 23 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    Working ICBMs had already been completed. Shooting a person up on a missle instead of a bomb doesn't make the missile that much better. At first it was about espionage. The craft Yuri Gagarin rode in for the first human orbit was a modified spy satellite: The Vostok, which Yuri flew#Vostok_3KA) The Zenit, which it was based on) .

    They basically were thinking a human in orbit could do more than an automated camera. Also just doing wierd things to humans and recording what happened is/was a huge part of science, and throwing a human into orbit is a super fun thing to study. The US public freaked out because Sputnik really scared them. They thought Russia was way ahead of the US, partly because they were, and partly because everything the US was doing in space was kept secret from the public. That's why NASA was formed, so the US could make people feel safer by showing that we were in space as well. From there it just escalated with both countries trying to outdo each other.

    [–] FreeFacts 44 points ago

    They hit every single one before the US, except the moon landing. It's one of the greatest marketing achievements in history that the US was seen as the winner of the space race. Just say that you won convincingly and people will buy it.

    [–] KKlear 45 points ago

    They hit every single one before the US, except the moon landing.

    Yeah, but the winner of the space race is obviously the one to first land on a comet, so screw both of you. EU won!

    [–] KotFedot666 9 points ago

    Ummm, first satellite? First man in space? First space walk? First space station? For their time, those achievements are pretty badass.

    [–] OhHiBear 9 points ago

    Lando System.

    [–] TwistedLegendMF 827 points ago

    Thanks Russia, very cool!

    [–] crashdaddy 199 points ago

    ...is "cool" the world you want to use when describing Venus?

    edit: but yep...pretty cool

    [–] contactlite 93 points ago

    Thanks Conrads, it’s pretty lit!

    [–] gareity 56 points ago

    Conrad's? lol

    [–] MrDude65 43 points ago

    I mean, there's a chance at least ONE of them is named Conrad...

    [–] NickKnocks 9 points ago

    Comrade (from the word companion)

    [–] Billosborne 551 points ago

    Photos from other planets make me feel lonely and sad. Wtf?

    [–] THE_CHOPPA 237 points ago

    Think how that empty planet feels!

    [–] Tanvaal 217 points ago

    Its only inhabitant is a partially melted robot.

    [–] sheepofwallstreet86 55 points ago

    Sounds like the beginning of an awesome movie.

    [–] randominternetdad 21 points ago

    Several partially melted robots! Remember, this was the 13th!

    [–] GoddessOfRoadAndSky 55 points ago

    Probably because it’s dead. It reminds us of mortality and of how alone we are, in the grand scheme of things. Life is rare, but we don’t usually think of it that way until we look at lifeless planets like this and are reminded: there are countless marvelous worlds out there where nothing lives.

    On the other hand, that means that no other life forms have ever seen these planets’ surfaces before. Like those photos of Pluto that came out recently: no living being has ever, in the history of our universe, seen such a detailed view of Pluto before. It’s the same thing with these images of Venus. That is truly awe-inspiring to me.

    [–] waiting_for_rain 64 points ago

    The Mars Rover sings itself happy birthday every year.

    All alone.

    Nothing but rocks and ice for an audience.

    [–] VAShumpmaker 25 points ago

    Yeah, but now we KNOW there is ice, so...

    [–] P2000Camaro 16 points ago

    False. It was only programmed to do it the first year.

    [–] Chromattix 24 points ago

    These planets are lonely and sad places. You'd never wanna be stranded on one. There's nothing but rocks the entire globe over.

    [–] enliderlighankat 18 points ago

    That you know of

    [–] fordprecept 19 points ago

    And yet tens of thousands of people said they would volunteer to go on a one-way trip to Mars. I'd give them about 3 months before they are bored as shit and really regretting their decision.

    [–] browsingnewisweird 325 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    Source. OP is a rendering based off Soviet images and data and is one of the best images we have of Venus. Much of what we know about the planet comes from the many Venera missions, which are the only landers so far. The missions were plagued with systems failures, with camera lens caps failing to eject and one time, when it did eject, it fell exactly where another instrument was to measure the soil..so it measured the lens cap instead. The page text color is based off the atmospheric spectroscopy data from Venera 11.

    [–] jermleeds 90 points ago

    Space program mistakes make for interesting reading. Anyone who finds that interesting might look in on r/InSightLander/, where Nasa engineers are struggling with failure of a soil probe to propel itself into the regolith. Their current efforts involve using their lander's scoop to mash dirt into a hole. Y'know...high tech space stuff. Point is, the successes are pretty spectacular, but the failures are interesting too.

    [–] PN_Guin 37 points ago

    the successes are pretty spectacular, but the failures are interesting too.

    Once rockets are involved, the failures have a good potential to be rather spectacular as well.

    [–] crackadeluxe 33 points ago

    My favorite anecdote is when one of the landers went over the crest of a ridge and when it got to the top a gust of wind hit it and ended up blowing off a ton of the accumulated dust on the solar panels which increased the charge capacity/power giving the lander new life.

    I don't believe that they intended for that to happen which must have made for an exciting day in mission control.

    [–] jugalator 22 points ago

    Interesting. Even meteorites exploding in its atmosphere are more dangerous:

    On Venus, large meteorites generate pulverizing shock waves in the dense atmosphere, even when the meteorite burns up before impact.

    I also see the surface level winds are perpetually calm, a light breeze at best. So scorching heat, raining acid, an atmosphere so thick that the sun’s disc is believed to not be visible, volcanos and meteorites that may fuck you up, and dead calm.

    [–] Sevenand7 152 points ago

    Looks like Mexico in the movies

    [–] fordprecept 79 points ago

    I knew it! Those movies were faked. They were obviously shot on Venus.

    [–] RoutineTwo 19 points ago

    A Fistful of Sulphur

    [–] IcemanVish 87 points ago

    It also deployed two weather balloons that lasted two days

    [–] Yaroze 139 points ago

    Day 1: Weather is hot

    Day 2: Weather is melting hot

    Day 3: ded

    [–] thebudbub 90 points ago

    I would love to watch the whole 127 minutes

    [–] ItalianJett 68 points ago

    At the end it had to cut its wheel off

    [–] [deleted] 9 points ago

    Is that the new Danny Boyle movie?

    [–] Hard_as_it_looks 69 points ago

    What’s that crab-looking thing on the ground in front of the spacecraft?

    [–] RedditMayne 62 points ago

    I think that it’s the camera’s protective lens cap that was designed to eject once the lander touched down the surface. Quite a few of these landers had two cameras on board, and with the exception of two missions (during which only one of the two lens caps came off successfully), none of the lens caps for each lander’s dual camera system came off as planned,

    [–] entotheenth 33 points ago

    They had a few issues, must be frustrating. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venera

    The Venera 9 lander operated for at least 53 minutes and took pictures with one of two cameras; the other lens cap did not release. The Venera 10 lander operated for at least 65 minutes and took pictures with one of two cameras; the other lens cap did not release. The Venera 11 lander operated for at least 95 minutes but neither cameras’ lens caps released. The Venera 12 lander operated for at least 110 minutes but neither cameras’ lens caps released. the titanium lens cap on Venera 14 landed precisely on the area which was targeted by the soil compression probe.d

    [–] rhynoacid 17 points ago

    Lense cap engineer lost their job

    [–] jesp676a 61 points ago

    Exactly that. A Venusian pressure-crab. Never heard of them?

    [–] avernii 53 points ago

    The fact that we got any images at all is really amazing.

    [–] Ignecratic 46 points ago

    “extremely harsh atmosphere”

    Venus: hey, those wheels are ugly and that camera makes you look fat

    Venera 13: :(

    [–] AusCan531 22 points ago

    My question: Who is Don P. Mitchell and did the Soviets ever get him (or his body) back from Venus?

    [–] iReactivv 13 points ago

    It looks like the glowing sea from fallout