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October 16, 2017
Venus's Mysterious Night Side Revealed
Paris (ESA) Sep 15, 2017
Scientists have used ESA's Venus Express to characterise the wind and upper cloud patterns on the night side of Venus for the first time-with surprising results. The study shows that atmosphere on Venus' night side behaves very differently to that on the side of the planet facing the Sun (the 'dayside'), exhibiting unexpected and previously-unseen cloud types, morphologies, and dynamics - some of which appear to be connected to features on the planet's surface. "This is the first time we've ... read more

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Equatorial jet in Venusian atmosphere discovered by Akatsuki
Observations by Japan's Venus climate orbiter Akatsuki have revealed an equatorial jet in the lower to middle cloud layer of the planet's atmosphere, a finding that could be pivotal to unraveling a ... more
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A Clockwork Rover for Venus
A good watch can take a beating and keep on ticking. With the right parts, can a rover do the same on a planet like Venus? A concept inspired by clockwork computers and World War I tanks could ... more
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NASA studies CubeSat mission to solve Venusian mystery
Venus looks bland and featureless in visible light, but change the filter to ultraviolet, and Earth's twin suddenly looks like a different planet. Dark and light areas stripe the sphere, indicating ... more
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NASA's Venus Chamber Breaks Record with Completion of 80-day Test
After an 80-day test at Venus surface conditions and a two-week cooling period, samples were removed from Glenn's Extreme Environments Rig (GEER) at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, July 1 ... more
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Venus's turbulent atmosphere
Venus is often referred to as Earth's twin because both planets share a similar size and sur-face composition. Also, they both have atmospheres with complex weather systems. But that is about where ... more
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Researchers find out how bromine fits into Venusian chemistry
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 ... 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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