Electric Wind Stripper

Credits: NASA/Goddard/Conceptual Image Lab, Brian Monroe

Oh, and you can bake pizzas on Venus without oven (not to mention lead without doing a thing).

Venus has an “electric wind” strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in stripping Earth’s twin planet of its oceans, according to new results from ESA’s (European Space Agency) Venus Express mission by NASA-funded researchers.

“It’s amazing, shocking,” said Glyn Collinson, a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “We never dreamt an electric wind could be so powerful that it can suck oxygen right out of an atmosphere into space. This is something that has to be on the checklist when we go looking for habitable planets around other stars.” Collinson is lead author of a paper about this research published June 20, 2016, in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. … (NASA)

Credits: NASA/Goddard/Conceptual Image Lab, Brian Monroe

Credits: NASA/Goddard/Conceptual Image Lab, Brian Monroe

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