The first photograph of the surface of Venus, 22nd October, 1975

The first photograph of the surface of Venus, 22nd October, 1975

Stock Number: 039

£1,200

Taken by a camera mounted to the Venera 9 spacecraft

Dimensions

238x94mm

Circa

1975

Country of manufacture

North America

Categories: Photography, Photographs

Description

This is the first photograph of the surface of Venus, taken from the Soviet Venera 9 spacecraft on 22nd October 1975.

Gelatin silver print, produced by the Keystone Press Agency, New York, with a label in French attached, dated 28th October, 1975.

Very good condition.

From the NASA website:

“Surface photographs from the Soviet Venera 9 and 10 spacecraft. 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. The two spacecraft successfully landed a descent craft on 16 and 23 October 1975. These images were obtained on 22 and 25 October 1975. Venera 9 landed on a slope inclined by about 30 degrees to the horizontal whereas Venera 10 was only inclined about 8 degrees. The two spacecraft were separated by about 2100 km. Most of the rocks in the images are between about 0.3 and 1 meter.”

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GB Octavo Books

Small online bookstore specializing in the history of science, trading on ABEbooks since 2006: http://www.abebooks.co.uk/octavo-books-cambridge/50628664/sf

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