Venus Stories

Ongoing Venus Volcanic Activity Discovered With NASA’s Magellan Data

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An analysis of data from Magellan’s radar finds two volcanoes erupted in the early 1990s. This adds to the 2023 discovery of a different active volcano in Magellan data. Direct geological evidence of recent volcanic activity on Venus has been…

Article2 weeks ago

Venus on Earth: NASA’s VERITAS Science Team Studies Volcanic Iceland

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The JPL-led international team used the island as a stand-in for Venus to test radar technologies that will help uncover the planet’s ground truth. With its crushing atmospheric pressure, clouds of sulfuric acid, and searing surface temperature, Venus is an…

Article9 months ago

NASA’s Magellan Data Reveals Volcanic Activity on Venus

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In a first, scientists have seen direct evidence of active volcanism on Earth’s twin, setting the stage for the agency’s VERITAS mission to investigate.

Article1 year ago

Study Finds Venus’ ‘Squishy’ Outer Shell May Be Resurfacing the Planet

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The research uses archival NASA data to show that Venus may be losing heat from geologic activity in regions called coronae, possibly like early tectonic activity on Earth.

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NASA Study: Massive Volcanism May Have Altered Ancient Venus’ Climate

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Volcanic activity lasting hundreds to thousands of centuries and erupting massive amounts of material may have helped transform Venus from a temperate and wet world to the acidic hothouse it is today, a NASA paper suggests. The paper also discusses…

Article2 years ago

NASA Instrument to Measure Temperature, Pressure, and Wind on Venus

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The VASI (Venus Atmospheric Structure Investigation) instrument aboard NASA’s Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging, or DAVINCI, mission to Venus, together with the other instruments on this mission, aims to investigate Venus’ mysterious atmosphere by painting…

Article2 years ago

60 Years Ago: Mariner 2 Launches to Explore Venus

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In the early 1960s, in addition to taking on the challenge to land men on the Moon by the end of the decade, NASA also set its sights on exploring our planetary neighbors. The agency gave responsibility for planetary exploration…

Article2 years ago

NASA’s DAVINCI Mission To Take the Plunge Through Massive Atmosphere of Venus

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In a recently published paper, NASA scientists and engineers give new details about the agency’s Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging (DAVINCI) mission, which will descend through the layered Venus atmosphere to the surface of the planet in mid-2031. DAVINCI is the…

Article2 years ago

Student-Built, Dime-Sized Instrument Is Venus-bound on NASA’s DAVINCI

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Venus Oxygen Fugacity (VfOx) is a small, button-sized sensor aboard NASA’s DAVINCI mission to Venus’ atmosphere that will be designed, fabricated, tested, operated, and analyzed by undergraduate and graduate students as the mission’s Student Collaboration Experiment. Planned for launch in…

Article2 years ago

Meet VMS – the briefcase-sized chemistry lab headed to Venus

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Short for Venus Mass Spectrometer, VMS is one of five instruments aboard the DAVINCI descent probe. Launching in 2029, DAVINCI will be the first US probe mission to enter Venus’ atmosphere in over 40 years. The goal of the mission…

Article3 years ago