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There's Growing Evidence That Venus Was Once Habitable

If you could hop in a time-travelling spacecraft, go back three billion years and land any place in our solar system, where would you want to end up? Earth, with its barren continents and unbreathable atmosphere? Or Mars, a chillier version its big brother? Wait, what about Venus?

Clouds Reveal Features On The Surface Of Venus

Venus’s unusually thick atmosphere is typically regarded as a barrier that prevents us from gazing upon its tortured surface. By studying subtle shifts in weather patterns, however, scientists have learned that these clouds also offer important clues as to what lies beneath.

We Just Learned Something Crazy About The Atmosphere Of Venus

Venus is a blistering hellscape of a planet that melts anything it comes in contact with, right? Not entirely. The data from the European Space Agency’s first mission to Venus is back, and with it comes some fascinating insights into our nearest neighbour’s atmosphere. It turns out, parts of Venus are very, very cold.

Keep Track Of Every Mission Throughout The Solar System With This Handy Map

There have been dozens of probes that have gone out exploring the solar system since 1959’s Luna 2 probe. PopChartLab has gone and noted down each one since in this beautiful poster of the Solar System.

We've Never Seen Venus' Roiling Storms Like This Before

The first images of Venus from its solitary, tardy orbiter are already revealing new secrets about its cloud dynamics. The fourth of the Akatsuki spacecraft’s cameras sent back new details on cloud structure for the planet’s roiling storms that we’ve never seen before.

Venus, Now With Bonus Spacecraft

Image Cache: Venus, you look different. Did you gain an orbiter since last time we saw you?

Tonight Is The Last Chance For Japan's Venus Orbiter To Reach The Planet

Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft is currently desperately trying to claw its way into Venus orbit. After blowing its orbital insertion five years ago, this is an incredible second chance for the spacecraft brought about by impressive ingenuity by the engineering team.

Venus' South Pole Is An Ever-Swirling Hellish Mess

This striking combo image of Venus’ dynamic south pole was released today by the European Space Agency on the tenth anniversary of its Venus Express mission. It’a mess.

These Are The Five Projects On The Shortlist For NASA's Next Planetary Mission

The NASA Discovery Program is sorting through suggestions for the agency’s next spaceflight investigation. Today, NASA released a shortlist of just five missions — one or two of which should launch by 2021.

Venus And Jupiter Will Be Closer Tonight Than They Have Been In 24 Years 

Astronomical conjunctions occur when celestial objects appear close to one another in the night sky — this happens all the time and they’re not particularly unusual. But a conjunction happening tonight is notable in that it involves two very bright planets — Venus and Jupiter — and they will be closer together than they have been since Terminator 2 was in theatres.

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