Venera-9 was the first lander to photograph the surface of Venus, on October 20, 1975. Photos of Venus, the Mysterious Planet Next Door . NASA . The camera system was developed by A.S. Selivanov's team at the Institute of Space Device Engineering. Venera 9 landed on a slope inclined by about 30 degrees to the horizontal whereas … Shares. By Space.com Staff 09 September 2011. Page 1 of 3: Page 1 Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 The Blistering Surface of Venus . The two spacecraft successfully landed a descent craft on 16 and 23 October 1975. Venera 13, a Soviet spacecraft, was the first lander to transmit color images from the surface of Venus. This is a picture of Venus captured by NASA’s Magellan spacecraft.

There are only a few photos taken on the surface Venus by the Russian Venera probes - which didn’t last long due to the pure hellishness of the planet’s surface So, while the ‘Muricans can claim the Lunar high ground, the Ruskies can claim Venusian superiority These images were obtained on 22 and 25 October 1975. The Soviet Venera 9 and 10 spacecraft were launched on 8 and 14 June 1975, respectively, to do the unprecedented: place a lander on the surface of Venus and return images. An optical-mechanical camera , scanning back and forth, returned almost two panoramas of a rocky hillside. Venus' clouds are thick, but we've landed on and seen the surface. This site is maintained by the Planetary Science Communications team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Goddard Space Flight Center for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.