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July 10, 2017
Researchers find out how bromine fits into Venusian chemistry
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Bromine species, and hydrogen bromide (HBr) in particular, could play an important part in the photochemistry of the lower atmosphere of Venus. This conclusion was made by researchers from MIPT and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences after comparing the data of Earth-based observations of Venus with the predictions of a photochemical model. The paper detailing their study was published in the journal Icarus. Since the 1960s, numerous space probes have been sent to Venus ... read more

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Scientists explain why Venus hosts so few volcanoes
Venus is the most the Earth-like planet in our solar system. But, surprisingly, it doesn't host much volcanic activity. Until now, scientists weren't sure why. ... more
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Indian Space Research Organisation Starts Work on India's First Venus Mission
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has begun the process to send its first satellite to Venus by inviting Indian scientists and academia for space-based experiments. The Announcement of O ... more
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'I'm Your Venus, I'm Your Fire': Why Earth's Planetary Twin Is So Dangerous
Venus and Earth are very similar planets and they are often referred to as twins, as both are similar in size, however Venus harbors a much more sinister side, which makes it hard for any human to e ... more
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Meridional wind on Venus was detected for the first time in both hemispheres
The first scientific evidence on Venus of a wind circulation between the equator and the poles, also named meridional wind, was gathered by an international team led by Pedro Machado, of the Institu ... more
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NASA studying shared Venus science cbjectives with Russia
A team of NASA-sponsored scientists will meet with the Russian Academy of Sciences' Space Research Institute (IKI) next week to continue work on a Joint Science Definition Team study focused on iden ... more
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Recently Active Lava Flows on Eastern Flank of Idunn Mons on Venus
The European Space Agency's Venus Express mission has provided a great amount of data from the surface and atmosphere of Earth's inner twin planet. Among these observations was the mapping of the so ... more
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NASA climate model: Venus was once habitable
Venus was likely once habitable, according to the projections of a new NASA climate model. ... more
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What Lies Beneath - Venus' Surface Revealed Through the Clouds
Venus is famously hot, due to an extreme greenhouse effect which heats its surface to temperatures as high as 450 degrees Celsius. The climate at the surface is oppressive; as well as being hot, the ... more

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Scientist explains sulfur behavior in Venus atmosphere
The beautiful dark stripes on ultraviolet images of Venus's disc are in no way connected with the crystalline sulfur particles in its atmosphere - the ultraviolet is absorbed by another substance. T ... more
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Swansong experiment sheds light on Venus's polar atmosphere
Some of the final results sent back by ESA's Venus Express before it plummeted down through the planet's atmosphere have revealed it to be rippling with atmospheric waves - and, at an average temper ... more
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Japan's space agency says probe now orbiting Venus
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Wednesday confirmed that its Akatsuki probe had successfully entered its intended orbit around Venus. On Monday this week the space agency said that ... more
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Japanese space probe goes into orbit around Venus
Japan's space agency said Wednesday its "Akatsuki" probe had successfully entered into orbit around Venus after an initial attempt at reaching the second planet from the sun failed five years ago. ... more
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A polar vortex of Venusian color
On 9 November 2005, 10 years ago today, ESA's Venus Express spacecraft left Earth and began its 153-day journey to Venus. The craft then spent eight years studying the planet in detail before the mi ... more
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Venus, Trojan asteroids shortlisted for next NASA mission
NASA's shortlist for the agency's next scientific mission includes five options, but only two destinations - Venus or asteroids. ... more
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Scientists study atmosphere of Venus through transit images
Two of NASA's heliophysics missions can now claim planetary science on their list of scientific findings. A group of scientists used the Venus transit - a very rare event where a planet passes betwe ... more
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Study suggests active volcanism on Venus
An international team of scientists has found some of the best evidence yet that Venus, Earth's nearest neighbor, is volcanically active. In combing through data from the European Space Agency's Ven ... more

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Hot lava flows discovered on Venus
ESA's Venus Express has found the best evidence yet for active volcanism on Earth's neighbour planet. Seeing the planet's surface is extremely difficult due to its thick atmosphere, but radar observ ... more
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After Mars, Indian Space Agency Aims at Venus
Following India's successful missions to the Moon and Mars, the next inter-planetary expedition launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) could be to Venus. "Currently, discuss ... more
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US Military Contractor Develops Aircraft for Flights to Hover Over Venus
The New Frontiers program was launched by NASA with the aim of exploring every planet in our solar system. Next on the list? Sulphurous Venus. To do that, contracting companies are designing an auto ... more
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Can sound help us detect 'earthquakes' on Venus
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 mel ... more
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Unexplained warm layer discovered in Venus' atmosphere
A group of Russian, European and American scientists have found a warm layer in Venus' atmosphere, the nature of which is still unknown. The researchers made the discovery when compiling a temperatu ... more
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Venus, if you will, as seen in radar with the GBT
From earthbound optical telescopes, the surface of Venus is shrouded beneath thick clouds made mostly of carbon dioxide. To penetrate this veil, probes like NASA's Magellan spacecraft use radar to r ... more
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Huge "Y" in Venus atmosphere due to a wave distorted by wind
Venus is covered by a dense layer of clouds which does not display any noteworthy characteristic. However, when looked in the ultraviolet wavelength, it presents conspicuous dark structures. The big ... 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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