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Venus could have been habitable, but a large ocean slowed down its rotation, killing it

May 27, 2019

There’s no sense in sugar-coating it – Venus is a hellish place! It is the hottest planet in…
New Ring of Dust Discovered in the Inner Solar System

March 15, 2019

Discovering new things in space is a regular occurrence. Astronomers keep finding more distant objects in the outer…
What Scientists Found After Sifting Through Dust in the Solar System

March 13, 2019

Just as dust gathers in corners and along bookshelves in our homes, dust piles up in space too.…
Parker Solar Probe Changed the Game Before it Even Launched

October 6, 2018

On Oct. 3, 2018, Parker Solar Probe performed the first significant celestial maneuver of its seven-year mission. As…
The Mechanical Eye: Create a Clockwork Mechanical Camera for Venus

October 1, 2018

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 450°C, and 92 times the surface pressure of Earth, Venus is…
The Sun is Actually One of the Most Difficult Places to Reach in the Solar System. Here is how the Parker Solar Probe Will Do It

August 14, 2018

When it comes to exploring our Solar System, there are few missions more ambitious than those that seek…
Space probe to plunge into fiery corona of the sun

August 7, 2018

NASA plans to launch Earth’s first spacecraft to venture inside the orbits of Venus and Mercury to touch…
Venus atmosphere harbours extraterrestrial life? How will we find this out?

May 29, 2018

Humans are still dreaming about finding extra-terrestrial life in Solar system. This is one of the reasons we…
Is there life adrift in the clouds of Venus?

April 6, 2018

In the search for extraterrestrial life, scientists have turned over all sorts of rocks. Mars, for example, has…
Venus Returns to the Dusk Sky

February 26, 2018

Where have all the planets gone? The end of February 2018 sees the three naked eye outer planets…
ExoMars: Surfing complete

February 22, 2018

Slowed by skimming through the very top of the upper atmosphere, ESA’s ExoMars has lowered itself into a…
Maybe Mars and Earth Didn’t Form Close to Each Other

December 22, 2017

In recent years, astronomers have been looking to refine our understanding of how the Solar System formed. On…
55 Years Ago: Mariner 2 First to Venus

December 15, 2017

In 1962, Mariner 2 completed the first successful close-up observations of another planet when it flew by Venus. …
Earth and Venus are the Same Size, so Why Doesn’t Venus Have a Magnetosphere? Maybe it Didn’t Get Smashed Hard Enough

December 10, 2017

For many reasons, Venus is sometimes referred to as “Earth’s Twin” (or “Sister Planet”, depending on who you…
A Clockwork Rover for Venus

August 26, 2017

A good watch can take a beating and keep on ticking. With the right parts, can a rover…
NASA Studies CubeSat Mission to Solve Venusian Mystery

August 16, 2017

Venus looks bland and featureless in visible light, but change the filter to ultraviolet, and Earth’s twin suddenly…
NASA’s Venus Chamber Breaks Record with Completion of 80-day Test

July 26, 2017

After an 80-day test at Venus surface conditions and a two-week cooling period, samples were removed from Glenn’s…
NASA Selects CubeSat, SmallSat Mission Concept Studies

March 24, 2017

NASA has selected 10 studies under the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program to develop mission…
NASA Studying Shared Venus Science Objectives with Russian Space Research Institute

March 11, 2017

A team of NASA-sponsored scientists will meet with the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Space Research Institute (IKI) next…
‘Electric Wind’ Can Strip Earth-like Planets of Oceans, Atmospheres

June 21, 2016

Venus has an “electric wind” strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which…
NASA Scientists Applaud Japanese Spacecraft Akatsuki’s Successful Rendezvous with Venus

December 10, 2015

The nail-biting maneuver that sent Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft into orbit around Venus this week is being celebrated by…
Can Lunar Earthshine Reveal Ashen Light on Venus?

October 23, 2015

A recent celestial event provided a fascinating look at a long-standing astronomical mystery. Is the ‘ashen light of…
The Next Generation of Exploration: Back to Venus with VERITAS

October 9, 2015

In February of 2014, NASA’s Discovery Program asked for proposals for the their 13th mission. Last week, five…
See Venus in the Daytime Sky on October 8

October 5, 2015

If seeing Venus with your naked eye in the daylight sky is one of the items on your…
See Venus at Her Most Ravishing

August 11, 2015

Venus is HUGE right now but oh-so-skinny as it approaches inferior conjunction on August 15. Like crescents? You’ll never…
Why we live on Earth and not Venus

July 22, 2015

Compared to its celestial neighbours Venus and Mars, Earth is a pretty habitable place. So how did we…
Venus and Jupiter Meet At Last

June 30, 2015

The year’s finest conjunction is upon us. Chances are you’ve been watching Venus and Jupiter at dusk for…
Yepun and the Milky Way

June 25, 2015

Illuminated by the stars of the Milky Way, the majestic fourth Unit Telescope (UT4) of the Very Large…
Study suggests active volcanism on Venus

June 20, 2015

Planetary scientists know that volcanoes have crackled on the surface of Venus for much of the planet’s history.…
Hot lava flows discovered on Venus

June 19, 2015

ESA’s Venus Express has found the best evidence yet for active volcanism on Earth’s neighbour planet.…
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