NASA’s Parker Solar Probe captured the first visible light images of Venus from space. The images, taken during two recent flybys, show a faint glow from the surface, revealing features like continents, plains, and plateaus. The images could help scientists learn about Venus’s geology and mineral make-up and understand why it became inhospitable while Earth became a hospitable planet. The images were captured by Parker’s Wide-Field Imager in wavelengths of the visible spectrum and extending into the near-infrared. The surface of Venus was seen glowing like a piece of iron pulled from a forge due to the heat of about 860 degrees Fahrenheit. The images will contribute to understanding habitable planets.

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