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Venus Seeing Double
Topic: Venus
06/29/06
ESA's Venus Express data undoubtedly confirm for the first time the presence of a huge 'double-eye' atmospheric vortex at the planet's south pole. This striking result comes from analysis of the data gathered by the spacecraft during the first orbit around the planet.

Flying Under Venus
Topic: Venus
04/16/06
ESA's Venus Express has returned the first-ever images of the hothouse planet's south pole from a distance of 206,452 kilometres, showing surprisingly clear structures and unexpected detail. The images were taken April 12th during the spacecraft's initial capture orbit after successful arrival on April 11th, 2006.

Expressing Venus
Topic: Venus
04/10/06
It was on 9 November last year that ESA's Venus Express spacecraft lifted off from the desert of Kazakhstan onboard a Soyuz-Fregat rocket. Now, after having travelled 400 million kilometres in only about five months, the spacecraft is about to reach its final destination. The rendezvous is due to take place on 11 April.

Meeting Venus
Topic: Venus
03/06/06
David Grinspoon, astrobiology curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and author of the book, "Venus Revealed," recently attended the 2006 Chapman conference, "Exploring Venus as a Terrestrial Planet." In this essay, he provides an overview of the conference, examines Venus controversies, and explains how we could learn about the possibility of life elsewhere by studying "Earth´s Evil Twin."


Venus Express Launches
Topic: Venus
11/10/05
The European spacecraft Venus Express has been successfully placed into a trajectory that will take it on its journey from Earth towards its destination of the planet Venus, which it will reach next April.

Express to Venus
Topic: Venus
10/07/04
To celebrate the hardware completion of the next orbiter to Venus, the European team of scientists hope toasting to a toasty planet will broaden astrobiology's view of our neighbor. Because on the surface, Venus is hot enough to melt lead.

Venus: Inhabited World?
Topic: Venus
08/18/04
In part 1 of this interview with Astrobiology Magazine editor Henry Bortman, planetary scientist David Grinspoon explained how Venus evolved from a wet planet similar to Earth to the scorching hot, dried-out furnace of today. In part 2, Grinspoon discusses the possibility of life on Venus.

Venus: Hothouse Planet
Topic: Venus
08/16/04
Before spaceprobes could photograph Venus up close, the second planet from the Sun was often compared to a sister world, much like the Earth. Planetary scientist, David Grinspoon, discusses with Astrobiology Magazine how that view evolved to consider the extremes encountered on the Venusian surface.

Venus Transit Casts Earth Shadow
Topic: Venus
07/23/04
New satellite data suggest the June blocking of the Sun by Venus reduced our star's available radiance. The same principle makes possible detection of new planets around other stars, as scientists perfect measurements of regular dimming and brightening cycles for our neighbors.

Morning Star, Ripped from the Headlines
Topic: Venus
07/21/04
The biggest event on the internet for June 2004 was not a sports or political event. The big story was a specialized eclipse that did not even dim the afternoon brightness here on Earth. What was the big deal about Venus?

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