A view of Venus during the first exploration to 2 planets: Mercury & Venus

Space Mission
Mariner 10, 6 February 1974

Automatic camera onboard Mariner 10

Photo Description
Vintage gelatin silver print on fibre-based paper, 20.5 x 25.5 cm (8 x 10 in), with NASA caption on verso (NASA Headquarters)

This view of Venus was taken from 720,000km by Mariner 10’s television camera on February 6, 1974, one day after he spacecraft flew past Venus enroute to Mercury. The pictures were taken in invisible ultraviolet light.