|Target Name: Venus, Mission: Mariner, Spacecraft: Mariner 2, Product Size: 1515 samples x 1218 lines, Produced By: JPL, Full-Res TIFF: PIA04594.tif (3.492 MB), Full-Res JPEG: PIA04594.jpg (330.3 kB).|
Mariner 2 recorded the temperature at Venus for the first time, revealing the planet's very hot atmosphere of about 500 degrees Celsius (900 degrees Fahrenheit). The spacecraft's solar wind experiment measured for the first time the density, velocity, composition and variation over time of the solar wind.
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