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Earth-like Venus
Topic: Venus
Summary: The European Space Agency's Venus Express mission has charted the first infrared map of Venus' southern hemisphere. The maps indicate that Venus may once have been more Earth-like, with plate tectonics and oceans of water.

Searching for Earth Life, from Venus
Topic: Venus
Summary: Venus Express is being used to observe the Earth from its orbit around Venus. Astronomers hope that the data will help develop techniques to search for habitable planets around distant stars.

The Glow of Hydroxyl
Topic: Venus
Summary: Hydroxyl has been found in the atmosphere of Venus. It's the first time the molecule has been spotted on another planet and will help scientists understand the workings of Venus's dense atmosphere.

Mapping Gases
Topic: Venus
Summary: Venus Express has peered below the thick clouds of Venus, and may yield important clues about climate change on Earth.

Earth-like Venus
Topic: Venus
Summary: Venus Express has provided new data about the atmosphere of Venus, from the top down to nearly the surface. The findings show that the Venus may once have been more Earth-like and, to a certain extent, still is.

Up, Up, and Away -- to Venus
Topic: Venus
Summary: By using unique balloons to study the atmosphere and surface of Venus, scientists are hoping to learn more about climate change on Earth.

One Year at Venus
Topic: Venus
Summary: Venus Express has now spent one year collecting planetary data on Venus, one of the most mysterious planets in the Solar System. The spacecraft is studying aspects of Venus' complex atmosphere as well as searching for active volcanism on the planet's surface.

Astrobiology Top 10: Venus Express
Topic: Venus
Summary: Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2006, highlighting the Top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 8 is the arrival of ESA´s Venus Express spacecraft at the planet Venus. While the conditions on Venus are too hostile for life as we know it, learning about our nearest neighbor can teach us a great deal about planetary habitability.

The Bad Twin
Topic: Venus
Summary: The planet Venus is almost the same size as Earth, but it has an atmospheric pressure almost 100 times greater than Earth's, its clouds contain sulfuric acid, and its surface temperature hovers around 800 degrees Fahrenheit. All known forms of life would be broiled alive. Vesper, a proposed NASA Discovery mission, would increase our understanding of what made Venus go bad.

Dynamic Venus
Topic: Venus
Summary: On 20 April 2006, after its first 9-day, elongated orbit around Venus, ESA s Venus Express started to get closer to the planet, until it reached its final 24-hour long orbit on 7 May. During this time, and up to today, the spacecraft has been working relentlessly.

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