Venus

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      Scientists have found evidence for a space weather effect - called a hot flow anomaly - on Venus.
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      The last transit of Venus this century will occur on 5-6 June, 2012. The event will provide astrobiologists with the opportunity to view Venus as an example of a transiting exoplanet.
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      New data from Venus Express shows that Venus spins slower than previous measurements indicated. The detailed measurements of Venus' spin are helping scientists determine whether or not the planet has a liquid core.
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      ESA's Venus Express has discovered an ozone layer on Venus. Comparing Venus' ozone layer to those on Earth and Mars will help astrobiologists refine the search for life on other planets. Comparing Venus to Earth can also help scientists better understand the principles of climate
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      A new study of old data collected by NASA and international scientists indicates that Venus' weather is less 'boring' than previously thought.
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      New information about a high-altitude layer of sulphur dioxide on Venus could be a warning against injecting Earth's atmosphere with sulphur droplets to mitigate climate change.
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      The heat in the atmosphere of Venus, induced from a strong greenhouse warming, might actually have a cooling effect on the planet´s interior. Studying planetary processes on Venus can provide important information about climate change on rocky planets, such as Earth. Climate change could have
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      Scientists are reproducing the environment of Venus so that they can interpret observations of the planet's surface and atmosphere. Studying environmental processes on Venus can help astrobiologists better understand the climate systems of Earth and the habitability of rocky planets.
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      The European Space Agency's Venus Express is helping planetary scientists investigate whether Venus once had oceans. If it did, it may even have begun its existence as a habitable planet similar to Earth.
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      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.
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    • Searching for Earth Life, from Venus
      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.
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    • The Glow of Hydroxyl
      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.
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    • Mapping Gases
      Venus Express has peered below the thick clouds of Venus, and may yield important clues about climate change on Earth.
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    • Earth-like Venus
      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.
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    • Up, Up, and Away — to Venus
      By using unique balloons to study the atmosphere and surface of Venus, scientists are hoping to learn more about climate change on Earth.
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