Venus

  • 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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  • One Year at Venus
    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.
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  • Astrobiology Top 10: Venus Express
    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
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  • The Bad Twin
    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.
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  • Dynamic Venus
    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
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  • 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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