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Morning Star Crosses Star
Topic: Venus
Summary: When Venus eclipsed the Sun, its peculiar atmosphere showed itself briefly. Among rocky bodies like Earth, only Mars, Venus and Saturn's moon, Titan, have much of an atmosphere. But the thick shroud of Venus makes up for others' shortcomings-particularly after a greenhouse took over the planet's weather.

Rarest of All Eclipses
Topic: Venus
Summary: No one alive today could have witnessed the kind of astronomical events to transpire on June 8, when the rarest solar eclipse by Venus will be visible to seventy-five percent of Earth. In 1882-the last time a Venusian transit happened--astronomers recorded first accurate measurements of solar system's vastness.

Venus Above the Clouds
Topic: Venus
Summary: Venus is a sister planet shrouded by heavy cloud cover. Next week during its milestone transit in front of the Sun, scientists hope to look more carefully at the venusian atmosphere. If this world has water vapor at high altitudes, how did the surface of Venus become so overheated that it can melt lead?

Planetary Panoramas: The Other Neighbor
Topic: Venus
Summary: As stunning martian panoramas captivate the world's attention, some interplanetary scientists are also glancing back over time to other surface landers on exotic horizons. Visiting Venus up-close however is not something to do without a camera and flame-retardant gear handy.

Planetary Primer: Mars and Venus
Topic: Venus
Summary: The terrestrial neighborhood is rich with both extremes of hot and cold, depending on whether one looks to Venus or Mars. Whether Venus has too much atmosphere or whether Mars has too little determines whether they rank as hospitable or hostile.

Mighty Aphrodite
Topic: Venus
Summary: Earth's twin, Venus, offers life as we know it few safe places on its faint red-glowing surface, which is hot enough to melt lead. But higher in the clouds, small amounts of water and strange ultraviolet absorbers make for a balmy 107 F abode.

Venusian Cloud Colonies
Topic: Venus
Summary: Thick Venusian clouds mask a dense greenhouse atmosphere that is inhospitably hot. But 30 miles up from the surface, conditions suggest a more temperate zone. Some scientists wonder what strange equilibrium sustains a reactive gas mixture that shouldn't co-exist there: exotic biology or not?

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