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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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2010-06-24 07:37:26

NASA has released the first-ever airborne radar images of the deformation in Earth's surface caused by a major earthquake -- the magnitude 7.2 temblor that rocked Mexico's state of Baja California and parts of the American Southwest on April 4. The data reveal that in the area studied, the quake moved the Calexico, Calif., region in a downward and southerly direction up to 80 centimeters (31 inches). A science team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., used the JPL-developed...

2010-06-17 14:51:00

SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking for the perfect Happy Fathers Day gift on June 20th? Mega-best selling author John Gray says Dad's favorite gift is free, easy and as close as your heart. "More than anything, every father wants to feel like a hero and his wife can easily do that," says John Gray, Ph.D., C.F.T. "In front of the kids, tell your husband that he truly makes you happy and proud. Write him a card and read it out loud." Dr. Gray explains that just by hearing...

2010-06-15 10:00:00

NEW YORK, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- While TV hosts and bloggers debate the splits of Tiger and Elin Woods, Sandra Bullock and Jesse James, Al and Tipper Gore, mega-bestselling author John Gray knows exactly what it takes to win the marriage marathon. "The secret to a super marriage is passionate monogamy," says Gray. "A couple has to share a hot and lasting desire for each other, an intimate connection that makes cheating not worth it." Gray explains, "Many men don't instinctively...

2010-06-15 05:00:00

SOUTH BEND, Ind., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The allure of a dazzling, white smile is captivating brides everywhere. According to statistics quoted in a recent issue of Glamour magazine, 46% of all brides in the U.S. are now whitening their teeth before their big day.* That trend is also spreading to grooms, parents of the bride and groom, as well as the bridal party. Whitening or bleaching is a procedure that brightens teeth that are discolored, stained or have darkened in color. There...

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2010-06-03 12:40:00

People living in the northern hemisphere will be able to go out any night this week an hour after sunset and see Venus, Saturn and Mars. The planet Venus will be located slightly north of west, in the constellation Gemini.  To the left of Venus appearing in the constellation Leo, skywatchers will be able to spot Mars.  Then, further to the left of Mars will be Saturn shining in the western part of the constellation Virgo. All three planets will appear across a 71-degree angle in...

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2010-05-21 11:30:00

Japan successfully launched its Venus probe and a kite-shaped "space yacht" early Friday for a two-year mission to study the planet Venus and its climate. The launch vehicle, the H-IIA rocket, took off from the Tanegashima space center in southern Japan on schedule at 6:58 am Friday morning, three days after its original launch was postponed due to inclement weather. Teruaki Kawai, space business manager for the rocket maker, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, told a press conference that the...

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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...

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2010-05-14 06:40:00

This weekend, Venus and the crescent Moon are gathering in the western sky for a spectacular conjunction, and they're not alone. The International Space Station and, very likely, space shuttle Atlantis will join them for a rare four-way meeting of spaceships and planets over many locations. The show begins at sunset when Venus and the Moon emerge from the twilight in close proximity to one another. The Moon will be exquisitely slender, a 5% crescent on Saturday, May 15th (sky map), and a...

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2010-05-08 12:35:00

Looking for a great Mother's Day gift? Your search is over. Mom wants a wakeup call. At dawn on Sunday, May 9th - Mother's Day - the crescent Moon and Jupiter are getting together for a lovely conjunction. Only 5 degrees of arc will separate the two bright celestial delights as they hang together in the sunrise-colored sky. Mom doesn't even have to go outside. A glance out any east facing window will frame the show quite nicely: finder chart. It may be worth noting how much more you can see...


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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