Artwork of the Venera 9 spacecraft on the surface of Venus. The Venera probes were a series of ten successful missions sent to Venus by the Soviet Union in the 1970s. Venera 9 was launched on 8 June 1975. It arrived in Venus orbit on 20 October and, two days later, dispatched the Venera 9 lander, shown here. It made history as the first man-made object so return images from the surface of another planet.
I specialise in images of space and astronomy, earth sciences, dinosaurs and science fiction, and work mostly in the publication industry (e.g. books and magazines). I also do scientifically accurate astronomical animations created with 3DS Max. See my YouTube channel. I have written six books to date, most of which I also illustrated. I have also written numerous articles for various magazines and newspapers. IAAA I am an elected fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), which strives to popularise the genre of space art. View all posts by Mark Garlick