October 25, 2021

Today in 1975, the Soviet unmanned probe Venera 10 soft-landed on Venus. Although it was designed to last only 30 minutes in the extremely high-temperature and high-pressure environment of Venus, Venera 10 transmitted for a record 65 minutes. More information about Venera 10 may be found in NASA’s ‘Mission’ pages here.

The Soviet Union’s Venera 10 probe captured this panorama of Venus’s surface in 1975. Credit – Russian Academy of Sciences / Ted Stryk