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 the million years, the debris field would coalesce into Neith (the moon of Venus). The new moon stabilizes Venus' axis tilt and rotational speed.
1672 — Franco-Italian astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini becomes the first to observe Neith and provides the first details of the moon.
March 1 — Soviet becomes the first man-made object to impact Venus.
was the first probe to land safely on Venus. Venera 7
December 15 — Soviet becomes the first man-made object to transmit data from the surface of Venus.
October 22 — Soviet becomes the first man-made object to both orbit Venus, and the first to transmit images from the Venusian surface.
March 1 — Soviet becomes the first man-made object to transmit color images from the Venusian surface, as well as the first confirmation of life on Venus.
June 11 — Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first person to set foot on Venus. The Soviet Union begins to populate Venus.
August 7 — The United States set foot on Venus.
March 17 — Five Soviet settlements unite and declare independence as the Confederation of New Kamchatka (becoming the first independent nation on Venus).
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