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A new analysis of the surface of Venus hints the planet might be geologically active

A new analysis of the surface of Venus hints the planet might be geologically active

Scientists have performed a new analysis of the surface of Venus that has revealed evidence of tectonic motion. That evidence comes in the form of crustal blocks that have jostled against each other like broken chunks of pack ice on Earth's lakes and oceans. Researchers say that the movement of those blocks could indicate that Venus is geologically active and give insights into exoplanet tectonics and early tectonic activity on Earth.

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NASA used a balloon to detect an earthquake that may one day be used on Venus

NASA used a balloon to detect an earthquake that may one day be used on Venus

NASA has published a new study outlining the first balloon-borne detection of an earthquake in 2019. The project is part of a technique being developed to detect quakes on Venus. Between July 4 and July 6 of 2019, California was hit by a powerful sequence of earthquakes originating near Ridgecrest, California. Those quakes resulted in more than 10,000 aftershocks over a six-week period.

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Venus missions next as NASA seeks info on “Lost Habitable” world

Venus missions next as NASA seeks info on “Lost Habitable” world

NASA's Discovery Program will seek out information about our nearest space neighbor Venus in a series of two new missions. The missions are expected to launch inside the 2028 - 2030 timeframe, and both will be awarded $500 million for mission development. The missions DAVINCI+ and VERITAS were selected from the final set of four missions which were in turn part of the original NASA Discovery 2019 competition.

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Astronomers determine the length of a day on Venus

Astronomers determine the length of a day on Venus

Venus is a difficult planet to study, even though it's right next door to Earth. One of the challenges in learning more about Venus is that the planet is covered in a veil of extremely thick clouds, and its surface is blasted with acid rain and temperatures hot enough to liquefy lead. Astronomers have used earth-based observations to learn some of the most fundamental properties of Venus.

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NASA Parker Solar Probe snaps images of Venus’ dust ring

NASA Parker Solar Probe snaps images of Venus’ dust ring

A new image taken by the Parker Solar Probe has been shared by researchers at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. The image shows the first complete view of a dust ring surrounding Venus. The dust ring's particles stretch for the entirety of the planet's path around the sun.

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Incredible picture of Venus taken by the Parker Solar Probe

Incredible picture of Venus taken by the Parker Solar Probe

As its name implies, NASA's Parker Solar Probe is meant to study the Sun. However, on its way to the Sun, Parker flew past Venus. It took the opportunity to capture some impressive views of the planet during its close flyby in July 2020. While the probe was meant to study the sun, Venus was critical to the mission as the spacecraft will whip around the planet to get gravity assists allowing it to fly closer and closer to the sun to complete its primary mission.

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Phosphine may not have been discovered in Venus’ atmosphere after all

Phosphine may not have been discovered in Venus’ atmosphere after all

Scientists around the world were excited last year when it was announced that researchers believed they had discovered phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus. The reason phosphine is a big deal is because on Earth, it's produced by living things. This led some to believe the phosphine in the atmosphere Venus resulted from some type of potential life on Venus.

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Earth was very much like Venus 4.5 billion years ago according to researchers

Earth was very much like Venus 4.5 billion years ago according to researchers

The team of scientists led by ETH researcher Paolo Sossi have completed an investigation that has implications for the possible origins of life on Earth. According to the researchers, insights into the atmosphere of the earth 4.5 billion years ago show that our planet would be hard to recognize compared to what we know today.

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ESA/JAXA BepiColombo snaps new images of Venus during a close approach

ESA/JAXA BepiColombo snaps new images of Venus during a close approach

A joint mission conducted by the ESA and the Japanese space agency JAXA called BepiColombo recently made a close approach to Venus. The close approach happened on October 15, and the main sequence of 64 images was captured by the Monitoring Camera 2 aboard the Mercury Transfer Module.

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Amino acid glycine found in the atmosphere of Venus

Amino acid glycine found in the atmosphere of Venus

Scientists have discovered something very intriguing about the atmosphere of Venus. Researchers believe they have discovered the amino acid glycine in the atmosphere of the planet. The discovery comes on the heels of discovering a potential biomarker of life called phosphine in the upper atmosphere of Venus last month. The potential caveat to the announcement is the study claiming the discovery of glycine in the atmosphere hasn't yet been peer-reviewed and published in a scientific journal.

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Researchers theorize how phosphine ended up in Venus’ atmosphere

Researchers theorize how phosphine ended up in Venus’ atmosphere

The recent discovery of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus has researchers and space fans around the world excited. The reason people are so excited about the discovery is that phosphine hints that life may be present. However, when the phosphine was initially discovered, researchers were unable to explain how it got there.

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New 3D models provide evidence that Venus is still geologically active

New 3D models provide evidence that Venus is still geologically active

A new scientific study has identified 30 recently active volcanoes on the surface of Venus. The study offers some of the best evidence ever that Venus is still a geologically active planet. The research was conducted by scientists at the University of Maryland and the Institute of geophysics at ETH Zürich. One researcher says that this is the first time scientists have been able to point to specific structures and say that it's not an ancient volcano, rather it's an active volcano.

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