Originally posted by woadman
didnt the Russkies already send a probe to Venus?
Yes, it was cooled by liquid nitrogen through little pipes wrapped around the outside and it survived the trip through the atmosphere lasted some 20 minutes on the ground which allowed the probe to get some photos and do some science.
It's almost 1000 degrees F on the surface and if that wasn't bad enough, there is an atmospheric pressure of about 100 times that of Earth and a lot of sulfuric acid in that atmosphere. Not a nice place to visit.
Probes have been used orbiting Venus outfitted with radar so they have mapped the surface pretty well.