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The USGS Astrogeology Science Center has ongoing work with Magellan data to study the geology and cartography of Venus. For more information see the links to the right.
Magellan was launched in 1989 to collect radar imagery, topography, and gravity field data of Venus. Magellan orbited Venus for four years during its extended mission. At the conclusion of the…
MRCTR GIS Labhttp://astrogeology.usgs.gov/facilities/mrctr
The USGS Astrogeology Mapping, Remote-sensing, Cartography, Technology, and Research (MRCTR, pronounced "Mercator") GIS Lab provides web-based resources aimed at the planetary research community.…
The USGS has worked with NASA and other space agencies to lead scientific investigations, select rover landing sites, create geologic maps and cartographic products for numerous spacecraft missions…
Interactive GIS Map of Venushttp://astrogeology.usgs.gov/facilities/mrctr/venus-online-map
Map Layers Graticules (30x30 deg) Coronae Features by Stofan (Type 1 and Type 2), 2001 - Reference Volcano Catalog by USGS, 1999 - Readme Nomenclature (hotlinked to Planetary Names site) Radar…
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Venus Magellan Globeapplication/pdf 8 MB
The images used for the base of this globe show the northern and southern hemispheres of Venus as revealed by more than a decade of radar investigations culminating in the 1990-1994 Magellan mission.…
Alimat crater - ejecta mantled (e)image/gif 30 kB
Balch crater - greatly disrupted (f3)image/gif 135 kB
Baranamtarra crater - heavily embayed and fractured (vh3)image/gif 112 kB
Barrymore crater - compressed fracture (fc1)image/gif 234 kB
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ISPRS 2003 Cartographic Support to Venglobgek International Project on the General Geologic Mapping of Venus: The Main Outlinesapplication/pdf 158 kB
The planet Venus is the second largest (after the Earth) body among the terrestrial-type planets. The surface of Venus is 460x106 km2, which is three times larger than the area of the dry land…
ISPRS 2001 Validation of the USGS Sensor Model for Topographic Mapping of Venus Using Magellan Radar Stereoimageryapplication/pdf 986 kB
The Magellan spacecraft went into Venus orbit in 1990 and by 1992 had made three complete cycles of polar orbits, each cycle covering the full range of longitudes. During this time the spacecraft…
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New name on VenusNomenclature News: 1 June 2006
The name Lindgren Patera has been provisionally approved for Venus. This feature can be seen on the image of V-16 from the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
Changes to Venus NomenclatureNomenclature News: 9 December 2009
The name Mnemosyne Regio has been dropped, and the name Metis Regio has been changed to Metis Mons. For more information, see the Venus section of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.
New Names on VenusNomenclature News: 19 July 2006
The following names have been provisionally approved by the IAU for features on Venus. The database information and images showing the features can be seen on the Gazetteer of Planetary…
Venus Nomenclature ChangesNomenclature News: 9 February 2011
Detailed geologic mapping has revealed the need to change the approved nomenclature for four features on Venus. In quadrangle V-1, Szél-anya Dorsa has been changed to Szél-anya Lineae,…
Furachoga Corona DroppedNomenclature News: 5 February 2007
Detailed geologic mapping has revealed that Furachoga Corona on Venus is a deformation belt rather than a corona. This name, which was approved in 1997, has been dropped and is no longer in use.