Venus

  • Venus Seeing Double
    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.
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  • Flying Under Venus
    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,
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  • Expressing Venus
    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
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  • Meeting Venus
    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,
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  • Venus Express Launches
    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.
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  • Express to Venus
    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.
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  • Venus: Inhabited World?
    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
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  • Venus: Hothouse Planet
    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.
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  • Venus Transit Casts Earth Shadow
    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.
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  • Morning Star, Ripped from the Headlines
    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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  • Morning Star Crosses Star
    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
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  • Rarest of All Eclipses
    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
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  • Venus Above the Clouds
    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
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  • Planetary Panoramas: The Other Neighbor
    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.
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  • Planetary Primer: Mars and Venus
    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.
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