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Solar System Planets

The second planet from the sun and the hottest. The brightest object in the sky other than the sun and moon, it was once known as the evening and morning star. Has an atmosphere rich in Carbon Dioxide and a runaway greenhouse. Has extreme surface pressure, continent-sized highlands, and soft, gooey surface of melted rocks. Once thought to have had a global ocean that was lost. Most features volcanic in origin, entire surface periodically thought to erupt at once. Upper altitudes are thought to be favorable to life. Rains sulfuric acid. Visited by early Russian landers and orbiters. Orbited and mapped by Pioneer Venus and Magellan. Currently orbited by Venus Express.

Venus Web Pages[]

Space Blogger[]

Venus In The News[]

Messenger in the News[]

Messenger and Venus Express Joint Observations (Jun 2007)[]

Photo of Most Planets From Near Mercury (Feb 2011)[]

See Mercury, Venus, Earth, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

Venus Express in the News[]

Venus Lost its Water in Solar Winds (Dec 08)[]

Venus Express Mission Extended a Second Time (Feb 09)[]

Venus Express Flight Plan (Oct 2005)[]

Dark Southern Vortex Discovered (Apr 2006)[]

Venus' Atmosphere More Chaotic Than Thought (Apr 2007)[]

South Double Vortex Evolution Video (May 2007)[]

New South Vortex Video (Mar 2008)[]

Nitric Oxide Infrared Emissions on Night Side (Feb 2009)[]

Venus May Have Had Water and Lava (Jul 2009)[]

Venus Spot Continued Observations (Aug 2009)[]

Anceant Venus Oceans May Have Been Inhabitable (Jun 2010)[]

Southern Polar Vortex Changes Shape Every Day (Apr 2011)[]

Akatsuki in the News[]

Akatsuki Launched (May 2010)[]

Overshoots Venus (Dec 2010)[]

Nozzle May Have Caused Overshoot (Dec 2010)[]

Problems May Cause Planetary Program to Scale Back (Dec 2010)[]

Akatsuki to Try Again Earlier (Jan 2011)[]

Could try orbital insertion before the Dec 2016 date, perhaps in 5 years

Venus In-Situ Explorer in the News[]


Balloons Could Be Sent to Venus (Mar 2009)[]

NASA Decadal Survey Town Hall Approaching (Apr 2011)[]

See also Mars, Europa, Uranus, Enceladus

Feature Articles[]

What's on Venus (Mar 2011)[]

First Image From Orbit Photoessay[]

See also Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

Book on Alien Weather (May 2011)[]

See also Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Titan, Uranus, Neptune, Triton

Exobiology Update (May 2011)[]

See also Mars, Europa, Enceladus, Titan, Themis, Cybele

Venus Studies in the News[]

Life Possible in High Atmosphere (Feb 2003)[]

NASA's Planetary Geology and Geophysics to Map Venus (Feb 2009)[]

Venus Gallery[]

Venus Factoids[]

Virtual Tourism[]