Our close planetary neighbor, Venus, is surrounded by clouds of carbon dioxide gas, which prevented the visual exploration by telescope. But probes equipped with radar, UV and infrared instruments are able to pierce the veil and map out the planets oceans and continents. Here, we view it in traditional Earth-like color.
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Bright harbinger in the evening, the goddess entices, but surrounded by impenetrable barriers, Venus remains mysterious and untouchable, leaving us to guess her beauty and her nature.