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Prelude

Cometflood

An artists rendering of the formation of Venus.

  • 4.5 Billion Years Ago — A protoplanet collides with early Venus. The collision forces the planet upside down and pushes a debris field into orbit around the planet. Over a million years, the debris field would coalesce into Neith (the moon of Venus). The new moon stabilizes Venus' axis tilt and rotational speed.

17th Century

  • 1672 — Franco-Italian astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini becomes the first to observe Neith and provides the first details of the moon.

18th Century

20th Century

1960s

1962
  • December 14American Mariner 2 becomes the first man-made object to flyby Venus.
1966
  • March 1Soviet Venera 3 becomes the first man-made object to impact Venus.
1969

1970s

Venera 7 capsule

Venera 7 was the first probe to land safely on Venus.

1970
  • December 15 — Soviet Venera 7 becomes the first man-made object to transmit data from the surface of Venus.
1975
  • October 22 — Soviet Venera 9 becomes the first man-made object to both orbit Venus, and the first to transmit images from the Venusian surface.

1980s

1982
  • March 1 — Soviet Venera 13 becomes the first man-made object to transmit color images from the Venusian surface, as well as the first confirmation of life on Venus.
1985
  • June 11Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first person to set foot on Venus. The Soviet Union begins to populate Venus.

1990s

1990
  • August 7 — The United States set foot on Venus.

21st Century

2000s

2001
  • March 17 — Five Soviet settlements unite and declare independence as the Confederation of New Kamchatka (becoming the first independent nation on Venus).

2010s

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