News About Venus
March 01, 2024
Venus and gravitational wave missions get EU green light

Paris (AFP) Jan 25, 2024
The European Space Agency gave the green light to two missions on Thursday, one to detect ripples in spacetime called gravitational waves and another to probe the secrets of Earth's closest neighbouring planet Venus. The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) will become the first mission to study gravitational waves from space, with a planned 2035 launch on an Ariane 6 rocket, the ESA said in a statement. The mission will comprise three spacecrafts that will trail Earth as it orbits the Sun, ... read more
Mysterious missing component in the clouds of Venus revealed
Cambridge UK (SPX) Jan 08, 2024
What are the clouds of Venus made of? Scientists know it's mainly made of sulfuric acid droplets, with some water, chlorine, and iron. Their concentrations vary with height in the thick and hostile ... more
Venus had Earth-like plate tectonics billions of years ago, study suggests
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 30, 2023
Venus, a scorching wasteland of a planet according to scientists, may have once had tectonic plate movements similar to those believed to have occurred on early Earth, a new study found. The finding ... more
Does lightning strike on Venus? Maybe not, study suggests
Boulder OC (SPX) Oct 04, 2023
Venus may be a (slightly) gentler place than some scientists give it credit for. In new research, space physicists at the University of Colorado Boulder have jumped into a surprisingly long-ru ... more
Venus on Earth: NASA's VERITAS Science Team Studies Volcanic Iceland
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 20, 2023
With its crushing atmospheric pressure, clouds of sulfuric acid, and searing surface temperature, Venus is an especially challenging place to study. But scientists know that observing its surface ca ... more
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Venus Parker Solar Probe toward record-setting flights around the Sun
Laurel MD (SPX) Aug 24, 2023
NASA's Parker Solar Probe zoomed past Venus on Aug. 21, using the planet's gravity to aim toward a record-setting series of flights around the Sun that start next month. At just before 8:03 a.m. EDT ... more
Course correction keeps Parker Solar Probe on track for Venus flyby
Laurel MD (SPX) Aug 11, 2023
NASA's Parker Solar Probe executed a short maneuver on Aug. 3, 2023, that kept the spacecraft on track to hit the aim point for the mission's sixth Venus flyby on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Operat ... more
What keeps Venus looking so young? A powerful jolt early on, perhaps
New Haven CT (SPX) Jul 31, 2023
Researchers at Yale and the Southwest Research Institute may have discovered the secret to Venus's youthful appearance: a high-energy, rejuvenating boost it received in its earliest years. For decad ... more
SwRI-led team finds ancient, high-energy impacts could have fueled Venus volcanism
San Antonio TX (SPX) Jul 21, 2023
A Southwest Research Institute-led team has modeled the early impact history of Venus to explain how Earth's sister planet has maintained a youthful surface despite lacking plate tectonics. The team ... more
Venus atmosphere in 3D prepares future observations of rocky exoplanets
Lisbon, Portugal (SPX) Jun 15, 2023
The Venus atmosphere may be used as a natural laboratory to understand the evolution of Earth-like planets, according to a study led by the Instituto de Astrofisica e Ciencias do Espaco (IA) Venus ... more
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Scientists share 'comprehensive' map of volcanoes on Venus - all 85,000 of them
St Louis MO (SPX) Mar 30, 2023
Intrigued by reports of recent volcanic eruptions on Venus? WashU planetary scientists Paul Byrne and Rebecca Hahn want you to use their new map of 85,000 volcanoes on Venus to help locate the next ... more
New study about the 'tsunami' in Venus's clouds
Seville, Spain (SPX) Mar 27, 2023
A group of scientists from the University of Seville, in collaboration with experts from the University of the Basque Country, has led the first detailed study of the evolution of the discontinuity ... more
NASA's Magellan Data Reveals Volcanic Activity on Venus
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 16, 2023
Direct geological evidence of recent volcanic activity has been observed on the surface of Venus for the first time. Scientists made the discovery after poring over archival radar images of Venus ta ... more
Squishy outer shell may be resurfacing Venus
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 24, 2023
Earth and Venus are rocky planets of about the same size and rock chemistry, so they should be losing their internal heat to space at about the same rate. How Earth loses its heat is well known, but ... more
New study offers insight into how Venus cools
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 24, 2023
Large geological patterns on Venus, called Coronae, may provide answers to how the planet releases heat, according to a research study from scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. ... more
BepiColombo and Solar Orbiter compare notes at Venus

Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Jan 27, 2023
The convergence of two spacecraft at Venus in August 2021 has given a unique insight into how the planet is able to retain its thick atmosphere without the protection of a global magnetic field. The ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission, enroute to study Mercury, and the ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter, which is observing the Sun from different perspectives, are both using a number of gravity-assists from Venus to change their trajectories and guide them on their way. On 9-10 August 2021, the missions flew past Ven ... read more
Massive Volcanism May Have Altered Ancient Venus' Climate
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 18, 2022
Volcanic activity lasting hundreds to thousands of centuries and erupting massive amounts of material may have helped transform Venus from a temperate and wet world to the acidic hothouse it is toda ... more

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NASA instrument to measure temperature, pressure, and wind on Venus
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 21, 2022
The VASI (Venus Atmospheric Structure Investigation) instrument aboard NASA's Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging, or DAVINCI, mission to Venus, together with ... more
JPL's Venus Aerial Robotic Balloon Prototype Aces Test Flights
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 11, 2022
A scaled-down version of the aerobot that could one day take to the Venusian skies successfully completed two Nevada test flights, marking a milestone for the project. The intense pressure, he ... more
Coronal mass ejection hits Solar Orbiter before Venus flyby
Paris (ESA) Sep 06, 2022
In the early hours of Sunday, 4 September, Solar Orbiter flew by Venus for a gravity-assist manoeuvre that alters the spacecraft's orbit, getting it even closer to the Sun. As if trying to get the o ... more
New analysis shows how sulfur clouds can form in Venus' atmosphere
Tucson AZ (SPX) Aug 10, 2022
Scientists using sophisticated computational chemistry techniques have identified a new pathway for how sulfur particles can form in the atmosphere of Venus. These results may help to understand the ... more
Readying spacecraft to surf Venus' atmosphere
Paris (ESA) Jul 28, 2022
ESA's EnVision mission to Venus will perform optical, spectral and radar mapping of Earth's sister planet. But before getting down to work the van-sized spacecraft needs to 'aerobrake' - lowering it ... more
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