Surface Of Venus- Oh that strange toxic yellow sky! The surface conditions on Venus are extreme, therefore the probes only survived on the surface for a duration of 23 minutes (initial probes); and up to about two hours (final probes).
Just to give you an idea of the relative size of the N-1 Saturn V and the Soviet N-1 Moon Rocket: On July 3, 1969, the biggest explosion in the history of rocketry occurred when the Soviet N-1 rocket exploded and subsequently destroyed its launchpad. After four unsuccessful launch tries of the Soviet counterpart to the NASA Saturn V rocket the Russian Moon program was cancelled in May 1974.
While the Soviet Union may not have reached the Moon back at the height of the Cold War, they were certainly working on it. Here, meet the N-1, the brainchild of engineer Sergey Korolyov. The rocket and its four failed launches remained a state secret for decades. Source Space.com: All about our solar system, outer space... Read more →