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April 24, 2015
Can sound help us detect 'earthquakes' on Venus
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 24, 2015
Detecting an "earthquake" on Venus would seem to be an impossible task. The planet's surface is a hostile zone of crushing pressure and scorching temperatures--about 874 degrees F, hot enough to melt lead--that would destroy any of the normal instruments used to gauge seismic activity. But conditions in Venus' atmosphere are much more hospitable, and it is here that researchers hope to deploy an array of balloons or satellites that could detect Venusian seismic activity--using sound. These kinds o ... read more

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Venus once featured oceans of carbon dioxide
Today, the surface of Venus is notoriously hellish - hot, dry and suffocated by a thick lower atmosphere of toxic gases. But Venus was once covered in oceans. The planet has likely always been too hot to host water, but new research suggests it once featured strange oceans of liquid carbon dioxide. ... more
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NASA, Hot Air and Venus
Draft NASA plans for a human mission to Venus have spread virally though the mainstream media, and caused journalists in distant lands to contact this analyst for clarification. It's no wonder. NASA ... more
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NASA theorizes a manned mission to Venus
The science world has been mostly fixated on Mars and comets, but some scientists at NASA are starting to talk about Venus - suggesting a manned mission to our closest neighbor could be simpler and less expensive than a trip to Mars. ... more
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Venus Express goes gently into the night
ESA's Venus Express has ended its eight-year mission after far exceeding its planned life. The spacecraft exhausted its propellant during a series of thruster burns to raise its orbit following the ... more
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Venus Express anomaly
On 28 November 2014, the flight control team at ESOC reported loss of contact with Venus Express. It is possible that the remaining fuel on board VEX was exhausted during the recent periapsis- ... more
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Heavy Metal Frost On Venus
Venus is hiding something beneath its brilliant shroud of clouds: a first order mystery about the planet that researchers may be a little closer to solving because of a new re-analysis of twenty-yea ... more
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Rediscovering Venus to Find Faraway Earths
Astronomers Chih-Hao Li and David Phillips of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics want to rediscover Venus-that familiar, nearby planet stargazers can see with the naked eye much of the ... more
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NASA Research Helps Unravel Mysteries Of The Venusian Atmosphere
Underscoring the vast differences between Earth and its neighbor Venus, new research shows a glimpse of giant holes in the electrically charged layer of the Venusian atmosphere, called the ionospher ... more
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Venus Express: up above the clouds so high
ESA's Venus Express spacecraft has climbed to a new orbit following its daring aerobraking experiment, and will now resume observations of this fascinating planet for at least a few more months. ... more
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Venus Express Rises Again
After a month surfing in and out of the atmosphere of Venus down to just 130 km from the planet's surface, ESA's Venus Express is about to embark on a 15 day climb up to the lofty heights of 460 km. ... more
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Colonizing The Venusian Cloudtops
US scientists and science-fiction writers alike have made a strong case for the possible colonization of Venus. While so many space enthusiasts are keeping their eyes on Mars, there might be a plane ... more
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Venus Express Aerobraking update
Venus Express completed the 38th aerobraking orbit on 25 June with pericentre passage expected to have occurred at 21:37:04z; the spacecraft was in braking mode between 19:59:05z and 21:54:05z. The ... more
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Venus Express gets ready to take the plunge
After eight years in orbit, ESA's Venus Express has completed routine science observations and is preparing for a daring plunge into the planet's hostile atmosphere. Venus Express was launched on a ... more
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Venus glory
A rainbow-like feature known as a 'glory' has been seen by ESA's Venus Express orbiter in the atmosphere of our nearest neighbour - the first time one has been fully imaged on another planet. ... more
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NASA Researcher Finds Planet-Sized Space Weather Explosions at Venus
Researchers recently discovered that a common space weather phenomenon on the outskirts of Earth's magnetic bubble, the magnetosphere, has much larger repercussions for Venus. The giant explosions, ... more
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Explosions on Venus engulf entire planet
A common space weather phenomenon on the outskirts of Earth's magnetic bubble has larger - much larger - repercussions for Venus, NASA scientists say. ... more
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    Venus mountains create wave trains
    The planet Venus is blanketed by high-level clouds. At visible wavelengths, individual cloud features are difficult to see, but observations made by instruments on ESA's Venus Express orbiter have r ... more
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    Sounding Rocket to Peek at Atmosphere of Venus
    A week after launching a new orbiter to investigate the upper atmosphere of Mars, NASA is sending a sounding rocket to probe the atmosphere of Venus. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or M ... more
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    Super-hurricane-force winds on Venus are getting stronger
    As the closest planet to Earth, Venus is a relatively easy object to observe. However, many mysteries remain, not least the super-rotation of Venus' atmosphere, which enables high altitude winds to ... more
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    Winds on Venus have accelerated by a third: scientists
    Already travelling at super-hurricane speeds, winds on Venus have accelerated by an astonishing one-third over the past six years, the European Space Agency (ESA) reported on Tuesday. ... more
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    Surprises in the South polar vortex in Venus' atmosphere
    The astronomers in the UPV/EHU's Planetary Science Group have published, on-line in the prestigious journal Nature Geoscience, a study of the atmospheric vortex of the south pole of Venus, a huge wh ... more
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    Cassini Spies Bright Venus From Saturn Orbit
    A distant world gleaming in sunlight, Earth's twin planet, Venus, shines like a bright beacon in images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn. One special image of Venus an ... more
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    The tail of Venus and the weak solar wind
    Measurements obtained with ESA's Venus Express spacecraft have shed new light on the interaction between the solar wind and the second planet from the Sun. During a rare period of very low density s ... more
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    The Three Transits Of Venus 2012
    Many people around the world were thrilled to see a transit of Venus in June (June 5 in the United States and June 6 in Asia, on the other side of the International Dateline), the dark silhouette of ... more
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