The image you see below of the "surface" of Venus is composed from a mosaic of radar images taken by the Magellan spacecraft. This is a "false color" image, which means that scientists have told a computer to use different colors for different surface elevations. Blue areas show smooth surfaces, or possibly surfaces that are covered with dust. Brown areas represent rough terrain.
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