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Venus Cloudtops Captured by Hubble
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Venus Cloudtops Captured by Hubble

March 18, 2003
This is a NASA Hubble Space Telescope ultraviolet-light image of theplanet Venus, taken on January 24 1995, when Venus was at a distance of 70.6 million miles (113.6 million kilometers) from Earth. Venus is covered with clouds made of sulfuric acid, rather than thewater-vapor clouds found on Earth. These clouds permanently shroud Venus' volcanic surface, which has been radar mapped by spacecraft andfrom Earth-based telescope.