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Ten Mysteries of Venus

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The surface of Venus is completely inhospitable for life: barren, dry, crushed under an atmosphere about 90 times the pressure of Earth's and roasted by temperatures two times hotter than an oven. But was it always that way?


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During Close Pass, Solar Orbiter Captures Venus' Glare

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Solar Orbiter Captures Venus’ Glare

On Aug. 9, 2021, ESA/NASA's Solar Orbiter spacecraft passed within 4,967 miles (7,995 kilometers) of the surface of planet Venus.

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BepiColombo Flies Past Venus During A Gravity Assist

BepiColombo Flies Past Venus During A Gravity Assist

The joint European-Japanese BepiColombo mission captured this view of Venus on 10 August 2021 as the spacecraft passed the planet for a gravity assist manoeuvre.


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New Evidence of Recent (Geologically Speaking) Venusian Volcanism

New Evidence of Recent (Geologically Speaking) Venusian Volcanism

New data analysis techniques allow evidence of recent volcanism to be found in old Magellan spacecraft data.


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ESA Gets Ready For Double Venus Flyby

ESA Gets Ready For Double Venus Flyby

The two spacecraft need the gravitational swingby to help them lose a little orbital energy in order to reach their destinations towards the centre of the Solar System.


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The Weather Forecast For Venus

The Weather Forecast For Venus

Little is known about the weather at night on Venus as the absence of sunlight makes imaging difficult.


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New Research Suggests Explosive Volcanic Activity On Venus

New Research Suggests Explosive Volcanic Activity On Venus

Traces of the gas phosphine point to volcanic activity on Venus, according to new research from Cornell University.


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'Pack Ice' Tectonics Reveal Venus' Geological Secrets

'Pack Ice' Tectonics Reveal Venus' Geological Secrets

A new analysis of Venus' surface shows evidence of tectonic motion in the form of crustal blocks that have jostled against each other like broken chunks of pack ice.


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ESA Selects Venus Mission

ESA Selects Venus Mission "EnVision"

"A new era in the exploration of our closest, yet wildly different, Solar System neighbour awaits us," says Günther Hasinger, ESA Director of Science.


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NASA to Explore Divergent Fate of Earth's Mysterious Twin with Goddard's DAVINCI+

NASA to Explore Divergent Fate of Earth's Mysterious Twin with Goddard's DAVINCI+

Although Earth and Venus are similar in size and location, they are very different worlds today. While Earth has oceans of water and abundant life, Venus is dry and fiercely inhospitable.


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NASA Selects 2 Missions to Study 'Lost Habitable' World of Venus

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NASA has selected two new missions to Venus, Earth's nearest planetary neighbor.


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Parker Solar Probe Discovers Natural Radio Emission in Venus' Atmosphere

Parker Solar Probe Discovers Natural Radio Emission in Venus' Atmosphere

During a brief swing by Venus, NASA's Parker Solar Probe detected a natural radio signal that revealed the spacecraft had flown through the planet's upper atmosphere.


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How Long Is A Day On Venus?

How Long Is A Day On Venus?

Venus is an enigma. It's the planet next door and yet reveals little about itself.


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The Spin State And Moment Of Inertia Of Venus

The Spin State And Moment Of Inertia Of Venus

Fundamental properties of the planet Venus, such as its internal mass distribution and variations in length of day, have remained unknown.


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Parker Solar Probe Offers Stunning View of Venus

Parker Solar Probe Offers Stunning View of Venus

NASA's Parker Solar Probe captured stunning views of Venus during its close flyby of the planet in July 2020.


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Thick Lithosphere Casts Doubt On Plate Tectonics In Venus's Geologically Recent Past

Thick Lithosphere Casts Doubt On Plate Tectonics In Venus's Geologically Recent Past

At some point between 300 million and 1 billion years ago, a large cosmic object smashed into the planet Venus, leaving a crater more than 170 miles in diameter.


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Six-Wavelength Spectroscopy Can Offer New Details of Surface of Venus

Six-Wavelength Spectroscopy Can Offer New Details of Surface of Venus

A trio of papers provide new insight into the composition and evolution of the surface of Venus, hidden beneath its caustic, high temperature atmosphere. Utilizing imaging from orbit using multiple wavelengths - six-band spectroscopy proposed as part of the VERITAS and EnVision missions - scientists can map the iron content of the Venusian surface and construct the first-ever geologic map.



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