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Latest Colonization of Venus Stories

2010-05-18 05:50:00

The Japanese are about to launch a mission to Venus to study the planet's weather and to search for signs of lightning and active volcanoes, and will also deploy a number of other experiments. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will launch the Akatsuki probe aboard an H-IIA rocket from the Tanegashima base. The probe will take about 6 months to reach Venus's orbit. It will join a probe from the European Space Agency that arrived at the planet in 2006. Venus is a dense planet with...

2008-05-15 10:50:00

Venus Express has detected the molecule hydroxyl on another planet for the first time. This detection gives scientists an important new tool to unlock the workings of Venus's dense atmosphere.Hydroxyl, an important but difficult-to-detect molecule, is made up of a hydrogen and oxygen atom each. It has been found in the upper reaches of the Venusian atmosphere, some 100 km above the surface, by Venus Express's Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer, VIRTIS.The elusive molecule was...

2006-11-23 10:25:00

Earth has a twin sister, and she's gone bad. The planet Venus is almost the same size as Earth, so it has been called Earth's twin. It's only about 30 percent closer to the sun than Earth, and at the dawn of the space age, scientists thought its cloudy atmosphere might hide a steamy jungle planet teeming with life. However, when the first American and Russian space probes visited Venus in the 1960s, it became clear that something had gone terribly wrong with the planet's ability to support...

2006-04-11 05:30:00

DARMSTADT, Germany -- Europe's first space probe to Venus entered the planet's orbit on Tuesday and sent its first transmissions from there to Earth, ground controllers said. Officials at the European Space Agency's Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany, said the Venus Express probe had completed a braking operation shortly after 0800 GMT to gain position to be dragged into the planet's orbit. After a brief so-called occultation period when the craft passed behind the planet and out...