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2011-03-12 07:10:00

A small NASA spacecraft called Messenger will enter into the orbit of the planet Mercury on St. Patrick 's Day, circling as close as 125 miles from the rocky planet's surface and revealing parts of Mercury never before seen by human eyes. Coincidentally, a few days earlier will be the best time this year for people here on Earth to see Mercury with the naked eye, the Associated Press reported. Despite being the planet closest to the sun, some scientists believe Mercury contains tons of ice in...

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2011-02-21 14:15:00

NASA's MESSENGER probe is about set a milestone for spacecraft as it becomes the first probe to orbit Mercury. MESSENGER's team outlined details to scientists at a conference in Washington DC. The spacecraft has already made three flybys of Mercury and is set to enter orbit around the rocky world on March 17. NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft made several passes of the planet in the 1970s and sent pictures back of what appeared to be an uninteresting planet compared with Venus, Mars and the...

2011-02-03 13:06:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Professionally, the world knows her as a music icon, actress, designer, TV and music producer and philanthropist; personally she is a dedicated wife, mother, sister and friend. Jennifer Lopez, the ultimate modern goddess, is now the one and only Venus Goddess. As our first-ever global ambassador, she'll inspire women around the world to "reveal the goddess in you," which means feeling their most confident, powerful and beautiful, inside and out. Lopez...

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2011-01-08 12:00:13

European scientists have used observations from ESA's Cluster and Venus Express spacecraft to improve models of the interaction of Earth and Venus with the solar wind, the perpetual stream of electrically charged particles emitted by the Sun. This has implications for understanding the effects of charged particles on orbiting spacecraft. In some respects, Earth and Venus may be regarded as near-twins, since they are similar in size, mass and internal structure. However, although the central...

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2010-12-20 05:55:00

Despite its relatively small budget, Japan's space program has courageously reached for the heavens, pioneering solar-powered galactic travel, exploring a distant asteroid and planning a robot base on the Moon. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has completed several world firsts this past year, including the safe return of a deep-space probe that picked up asteroid dust from an oblong space rock on an epic seven-year mission. The Hayabusa (Falcon in English) ended its...

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2010-12-08 09:35:00

The Japanese probe that was to have spent two years studying Venus has failed to enter the planet's orbit and is now being pulled towards the sun, the space agency announced on Wednesday. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) $300 million Planet-C Venus Climate Orbiter, code named 'Akatsuki' or 'Dawn', had reached Venus earlier this week and was to enter an elliptical orbit around the planet, monitoring its volcanic activity and recording information regarding its cloud cover and...

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2010-12-01 12:50:00

The atmosphere around a super-Earth exoplanet has been analyzed for the first time by an international team of astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope. The planet, which is known as GJ 1214b, was studied as it passed in front of its parent star and some of the starlight passed through the planet's atmosphere. We now know that the atmosphere is either mostly water in the form of steam or is dominated by thick clouds or hazes. The results will appear in the 2 December 2010 issue of the...

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2010-11-30 08:40:00

A mysterious high-altitude layer of sulphur dioxide discovered by ESA's Venus Express has been explained. As well as telling us more about Venus, it could be a warning against injecting our atmosphere with sulphur droplets to mitigate climate change. Venus is blanketed in sulphuric acid clouds that block our view of the surface. The clouds form at altitudes of 50"“70 km when sulphur dioxide from volcanoes combines with water vapor to make sulphuric acid droplets. Any remaining...

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2010-11-23 07:30:37

ESA has decided to extend the productive lives of 11 of its operating space science missions. This will enable ESA's world-class science missions to continue returning pioneering results until at least 2014. ESA's Science Program Committee (SPC) had to make significant decisions at its 18-19 November meeting in Paris: 11 science missions, all of them still working beyond their planned lifetimes, all of them still delivering exceptional science, and yet all coming to the end of their funding....

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2010-11-22 09:56:06

NASA has established a Venus Climate Orbiter Participating Scientist Program to complement scientific return of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)-led Venus Climate Orbiter, or "Akatsuki" mission. The Participating Scientist Program will fund two scientists in residence to live in Japan and five Participating Scientists to conduct joint research with the Venus Climate Orbiter science team. Based on peer-reviewed proposals submitted to NASA, NASA and JAXA are pleased to announce the...


Latest Venus Reference Libraries

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2009-07-06 12:24:05

The Pioneer Program is a series of American unmanned space missions designed for planetary exploration. The program included a number of missions, but the most well-known missions were Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11. Both Pioneer 10 and 11 explored the outer planets and left our solar system. Both probes carry a gold plaque, depicting a man and a woman and information about the origin of the probes and their creators. The Pioneer probe was named by Stephen A. Saliga, who was chief designer of Air...

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2008-04-30 23:02:22

The Hard Clam (Mercenaria mercenaria), also known as the quahog, is a bivalve mollusk native to the eastern shores of North America, from Prince Edward Island to the Yucatan Peninsula. Older sources may give it the systematic name Venus mercenaria. It is one of many unrelated bivalves referred to as clams. Hard clams are quite common throughout New England, north into Canada, and all down the Eastern seaboard of the United States to Florida, but are particularly abundant between Cape Cod and...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Terraforming -- Terraforming (literally, "Earth-shaping") is the process of modifying a planet, moon or other body to a more habitable atmosphere, temperature or ecology. The term was first used in a science fiction novel, 'Seetee Shock' (1940?) by Jack Williamson, but the actual concept is older than that. An example in fiction is 'First and Last Men' by Olaf Stapledon in which Venus is modified, after a long and destructive war with the original inhabitants, who naturally object to the...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

The Planet Venus is the second planet from the sun. It is often called the evening star or morning star and is brighter than any object in the sky except the sun and the moon. Because its orbit lies between the sun and the orbit of the earth, Venus passes through phases like those of the moon, varying from a large bright crescent when the planet is near inferior conjunction (nearest the earth) to a smaller silvery disk when it is at superior conjunction (farthest from the earth). Since...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Earth -- in geology and astronomy, fifth largest planet of the solar system and the only planet definitely known to support life. Gravitational forces have molded the earth, like all celestial bodies, into a spherical shape. However, the earth is not an exact sphere, being slightly flattened at the poles and bulging at the equator. The equatorial diameter is c.7,926 mi (12,760 km) and the polar diameter 7,900 mi (12,720 km); the circumference at the equator is c.24,830 mi (40,000 km)....

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Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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