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March 24, 2017
Meridional wind on Venus was detected for the first time in both hemispheres
Lisboa, Portugal (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
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 Instituto de Astrofisica e Ciencias do Espaco (IA1) and Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL). This result was published in the scientific journal Icarus, a reference publication in the field of Solar System research. Analysing the light from the sun reflected on the top of the clouds on Venus ... read 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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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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