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Mariner 10 on its way

As the innermost and smallest planet in our solar system, Mercury is a uniquely fascinating place, so it’s no wonder it was one of the earliest targets for spaceflight. NASA’s Mariner 10 probe, launched 43…


A dive into the hothouse

Venus is famously hot, due to an extreme greenhouse effect which heats its surface to temperatures as high as 450 degrees Celsius. The climate at the surface is oppressive; as well as being hot, the…


Electric Wind Stripper

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,…


Akatsuki showcase of Venus

I know the page is in Japanese, but these pictures of Venus taken by Akatsuki are nevertheless stunning. A picture says more than a thousands Kanji characters, one might say. Kudos JAXA. Description: The night-side…


Venus – after a five year detour

After an unplanned five-year detour, Japan’s Venus probe, Akatsuki, has come back to life with a bang. On 4–8 April, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) presented the first scientific results from the spacecraft since…


Good old times at Venus

On 9 November 2005, 10 years ago today, ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft left Earth and began its 153-day journey to Venus. The craft then spent eight years studying the planet in detail before the mission…


Cloudy Venus

Earth is not the only planet with clouds. Earth’s clouds can be an obstacle for astronomical observations. On the other hand, clouds on other planets can be the object of astronomical observations. Thick clouds hide…