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Originally posted by johnlear
Originally posted by zoopnfunk
Unfortunately, while Venus' orbit is closer to Earth than Mars, its surface conditions were far more extreme, which often meant that the probes did not survive long.
The temperature on the surface of a planet is not determined by its distance from the sun. The sun is not a thremonuclear generator as once thought. It is an eletromagnetic sphere. The way in which its electromagnetism reacts with the particular eletrromagnetism on a specific planet is what determines that planets temperature. That is why people can live on Mercury which you are told is hot enough to melt lead.