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Rainbow-Like Feature Imaged On Venus For The First Time
2014-03-12 08:59:24

ESA A rainbow-like feature known as a ‘glory’ has been seen by ESA’s Venus Express orbiter in the atmosphere of our nearest neighbor – the first time one has been fully imaged on another planet. Rainbows and glories occur when sunlight shines on cloud droplets – water particles in the case of Earth. While rainbows arch across wide swathes of the sky, glories are typically much smaller and comprise a series of colored concentric rings centered on a bright core. Glories are...

NASA Vespr Rocket To Study Venus Atmosphere
2013-11-26 11:12:52

[ Watch the Video: NASA Sounding Rocket To Have A Look At Venus ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A NASA rocket being sent up to study the atmosphere of Venus is slated for launch on Monday; just seven days after the space agency launched a probe to study the Martian atmosphere. While the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the Venus Spectral Rocket (VeSpR) lifted off from White...

Europe-Sized Storm On Venus Monitored By Astronomers Via ESA Spacecraft
2013-03-25 12:47:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers writing in the journal Nature Geoscience say they have been closely monitoring the movement of a huge whirlwind the size of Europe on Venus. Researchers from Universidad del Pais Vasco (UPV) used an instrument on board the European Space Agency's (ESA) Venus Express spacecraft to monitor the evolution of the south pole vortex. The team monitored the movement of the vortex on two separate main cloud levels in Venus'...

Sulphur Dioxide Detected On Venus Points To Active Volcanoes
2012-12-03 08:16:38

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has been observing Earth´s sister planet for six years with its polar orbiter Venus Express. During its visit of the second planet from the sun, the orbiter has shown huge changes in sulphur dioxide content in the planet´s atmosphere, leading experts to believe volcanic activity has been increasing on the surface of Venus. ESA officials explain that Venus´s thick atmosphere contains...

Venus Clouds Analyzed By Venus Express
2012-10-08 11:44:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An image released by the European Space Agency shows how not-alike Earth's twin planet really is. The Venus Express spacecraft snapped an image last December showing off clouds on Venus, and how they wrap the planet and its entirety. The spacecraft took the image 18,600 miles above the surface of Venus, showing the planet's 12 mile-thick carbon dioxide and sulphuric dioxide haze. The ultraviolet light image taken by Venus Express...

Venus May Actually Be Cold Enough For Snow
2012-10-01 13:31:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency said on Monday that Venus Express has spotted an area of Venus that may be cold enough to produce carbon dioxide snow. Venus is known for its thick, carbon dioxide atmosphere, but also its hot surface. Due to its size, it is often referred to as Earth's twin, despite not having the life-giving features Earth provides. In a new analysis based on five years of Venus Express observations, scientists have...

Image 1 - Venus Weather Not So Boring After All
2011-09-28 04:26:59

At first glance, a weather forecaster for Venus would have either a really easy or a really boring job, depending on your point of view. The climate on Venus is widely known to be unpleasant -- at the surface, the planet roasts at more than 800 degrees Fahrenheit under a suffocating blanket of sulfuric acid clouds and a crushing atmosphere more than 90 times the pressure of Earth's. Intrepid future explorers should abandon any hope for better days, however, because it won't change much....

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2010-06-24 07:45:00

ESA's Venus Express is helping planetary scientists investigate whether Venus once had oceans. If it did, it may even have begun its existence as a habitable planet similar to Earth. These days, Earth and Venus seem completely different. Earth is a lush, clement world teeming with life, whilst Venus is hellish, its surface roasting at temperatures higher than those of a kitchen oven. But underneath it all the two planets share a number of striking similarities. They are nearly identical in...

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2009-09-16 05:40:00

Observations by the European Space Agency's Venus Express mission have provided strong new evidence that the solar wind has stripped away significant quantities of water from Earth's twin planet. The data also shed new light on the transfer of trace gases in the Venusian atmosphere and wind patterns.  The results will be presented at the European Planetary Science Congress in Potsdam, Germany, on Wednesday September 16. The SPICAV and VIRTIS instruments carried by the spacecraft have...

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2008-12-03 13:45:00

A pale yellow dot to the human eye, Earth's twin planet comes to life in the ultraviolet and the infrared. New images taken by instruments on board ESA's Venus Express provide insight into the turbulent atmosphere of our neighbouring planet. Using Venus Express, it is possible to compare what the planet looks like in different wavelengths, giving scientists a powerful tool to study the physical conditions and dynamics of the planet's atmosphere.   Observed in the ultraviolet,...


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