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2009-12-29 15:00:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected three proposals as candidates for the agency's next space venture to another celestial body in our solar system. The final project selected in mid-2011 may provide a better understanding of Earth's formation or perhaps the origin of life on our planet. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The proposed missions would probe the atmosphere and crust of Venus; return a piece of a near-Earth asteroid for...

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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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2009-09-14 08:20:00

An ancient treasure comprising three figurines of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, which was buried underground for over 1,500 years, was uncovered during excavations carried out by researchers of the University of Haifa A 1,500-year-old treasure: Three figurines of Aphrodite, goddess of love, hidden during the era of the Roman Empire's transition to Christianity, discovered in Hippos (Sussita) *During the tenth season of excavations, under the directorship of Prof. Arthur Segal and Dr....

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2009-08-02 06:05:00

An unusual bright spot that has shown up in the clouds on Venus is mystifying astronomers. The spot was found by an amateur on July 19th, and was established as real by the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft. Information from the European probe implies that the spot emerged four days before it was seen on Earth. The spot has begun to grow, as winds spread the spot around Venus. Scientists are not sure what created the bright spot on the planet. They guess that a volcanic...

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2009-07-17 11:30:44

The SCIAMACHY sensor on ESA's Envisat satellite has provided scientists with invaluable data on our planet, allowing them to map global air pollution and the distribution of the most important greenhouse gases. Earlier this year, its sights were set on our nearest planetary neighbor, Venus. In March and June, SCIAMACHY (Scanning Imaging Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography) captured visible and near-infrared spectra of sunlight reflected by Venus. These observations, acquired from a...

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2009-07-14 06:10:00

Venus Express has charted the first map of Venus's southern hemisphere at infrared wavelengths. The new map hints that our neighboring world may once have been more Earth-like, with both, a plate tectonics system and an ocean of water. The map comprises over a thousand individual images, recorded between May 2006 and December 2007. Because Venus is covered in clouds, normal cameras cannot see the surface, but Venus Express used a particular infrared wavelength that can see through them....

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2009-06-11 05:40:00

Astronomers say there is a tiny chance a force known as orbital chaos will cause a possible collision between Earth and Venus or Mars.   However, such an event would not occur for another 3.5 billion years, according to the new study released Wednesday. The scientists said the likelihood of a collision is extremely small, around 1-in-2500.  Rather, there is a 99 percent chance the planets would continue to orbit the Sun in an orderly fashion for another 5 billion years -- the...

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2009-04-17 13:00:00

Picture this: It's 4:30 in the morning. You're up and out before the sun. Steam rises from your coffee cup, floating up to the sky where a silent meteor streaks through a crowd of stars. A few minutes later it happens again, and again. A meteor shower is underway. One of the streaks leads to the eastern horizon. There, just above the tree line, Venus and the crescent Moon hover side by side, so close together they almost seem to touch. Suddenly, Venus wavers, winks, and disappears. All of...

2009-03-28 14:06:08

China's seismological network says the country's northern region was rattled by a 4.2-magnitude earthquake Saturday. China's state-run news agency, Xinhua, reported the quake in Shanxi province had not resulted in any reported casualties or damages. The seismological network said the quake that rocked Yuanping City was detected at a depth of 3.1 miles at 38.9 degrees north latitude and 112.9 degrees east longitude.

2009-03-02 10:15:00

PHILADELPHIA, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Join Jacqueline Foreman, host of Your Mental Health Talk Radio www.blogtalkradio.com/yourmentalhealth when she interviews national best-selling author John Gray whose first book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus sold millions of copies worldwide. They will discuss his new book When Mars and Venus Collide: Improving Relationships by Understanding How Men and Women Cope Differently with Stress on Thursday, March 5th at 8 PM EST/5 PM PST. (Photo:...


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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