A Soviet spacecraft landed on Venus today (Wednesday) and confirmed that no life as known on earth could exist on the cloud-shrouded planet.
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Background: A Soviet spacecraft landed on Venus today (Wednesday) and confirmed that no life as known on earth could exist on the cloud-shrouded planet.
The craft, Venus-4, touched down after radioing back information during a smooth 90-minute parachute descent onto the planet's surface, according to an official announcement by the Soviet news Agency Tass.
The Tass communique said a capsule containing scientific instruments was jettisoned from the main craft when it entered Venus's atmosphere at 0434 GMT today and it took 90 minutes to parachute to the surface, a distance of 25 kilometres (about 16 miles).
The instruments "were continuously and steadily taking measurements of the parameters and transmitting the data to earth during the descent."
Unlocking the secrets of the mystery planet the instruments reported that the atmosphere, consisting almost exclusively of carbon dioxide, was about 15 times as dense as that on earth and that temperatures range from 40 to 280 degree centigrade (104 to 530 fahrenheit).