Venus

  • 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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  • 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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