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2008-09-02 16:25:00

Venus is a planet similar in size to the Earth. Nevertheless, it is quite different in other aspects. On the one hand, it spins very slowly on its axis, taking 224 terrestrial days and, moreover, it does so in the opposite direction to that of our planet, i.e. from East to West. Its dense atmosphere of carbon dioxide with surface pressures 90 times that of Earth (equivalent to what we find at 1000 meters below the surface of our oceans), causes a runaway greenhouse effect that raises the...

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2007-11-28 14:52:38

Venus is a hellish place of high temperatures and crushing air pressure. The European Space Agency's Venus Express mission adds into this mix the first confirmation that the Venusian atmosphere generates its own lightning. The discovery is part of the Venus Express science findings that appear in a special section of the Nov. 29 issue of the journal Nature. "In addition to all the pressure and heat, we can confirm there is lightning on Venus -- maybe even more activity than there is here on...

2005-11-09 06:55:00

By Bernhard Winkler DARMSTADT, Germany -- Europe's first space probe to Venus blasted off on Wednesday on a mission to shed light on Earth's closest planetary neighbor and give scientists clues about global warming. From its Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, the European Space Agency said the 1.3 ton "Venus Express" probe had taken off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on board a Soyuz rocket at 0333 GMT on Wednesday -- after a two-week delay. Scientists and technicians applauded and...

2005-11-09 05:26:58

By Bernhard Winkler DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - Europe's first space probe to Venus was launched on Wednesday on a mission that aims to shed light on Earth's closest planetary neighbor and give scientists clues about global warming. From its Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, the European Space Agency said the 1.3 ton "Venus Express" probe had taken off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on board a Soyuz rocket at 0333 GMT on Wednesday -- after a two-week delay. The Venus Express will...