Latest News for 2012 Venus Transit of the Sun Archive
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14 December 2006, 12:46 PM ET
Instruments aboard the Venus Express spacecraft have obtained the first large-area temperature map of the southern hemisphere of Venus’ searing surface.
17 November 2006, 01:54 PM ET
11 September 2006, 11:43 AM ET
Beefed up imagery taken from the hellish surface of Venus nearly 25 years ago is offering new glimpses of that strange landscape.
27 June 2006, 11:58 AM ET
A huge "double-eye" atmospheric vortex has been confirmed to exist at the South Pole of the planet Venus.
09 May 2006, 05:18 PM ET
A probe circling the planet Venus has slipped into its final orbit around the cloud-covered world, though final instrument checks are still underway, the European Space Agency (ESA) said Tuesday.
13 April 2006, 01:11 PM ET
Venus Express beams the first images of our sister planet back to Earth.
11 April 2006, 05:11 AM ET
DARMSTADT, Germany -- Europe's Venus Express slowed itself down to permit entry into Venus orbit early Tuesday, and in the coming weeks will prepare a 16-month mission to study a planet on which the greenhouse effect has gone to hellish extremes.
10 April 2006, 07:00 AM ET
A European probe bearing down on the planet Venus is set for a Tuesday arrival to take a close look at the world’s soupy atmosphere.
04 April 2006, 09:12 PM ET
Simulation helps explain where missing parts of the planet went.
14 March 2006, 06:21 AM ET
Iron meteorites may have formed close to Earth and be linked to terrestrial building blocks
21 February 2006, 09:01 AM ET
BOULDER, Colorado -- A special study group has advised NASA that Venus is far too hellish of a world for life to exist on or below the planet’s surface. Furthermore, while the potential for life in the clouds of Venus can’t be ruled out, the expert panel
03 February 2006, 06:23 AM ET
The planet Venus has returned to the early morning sky and has established itself as a dazzling morning lantern, emerging into view from beyond the east-southeast horizon before 5:00 a.m. local standard time.
30 December 2005, 06:47 AM ET
There is plenty to see, and SPACE.com provides an overview of the planets for the coming year.
28 November 2005, 05:00 PM ET
A European probe bound for Venus has taken a parting glance at its home world as it heads toward its cloudy quarry.
09 November 2005, 01:32 AM ET
A European probe is bound for the planet Venus on a mission to peel back the shroud of the planet’s thick atmosphere after successfully launching into space atop a Russian rocket.
08 November 2005, 11:54 AM ET
BERLIN (AP) – Scientists were counting down Tuesday for the blast off of a Russian booster rocket carrying a European-built probe aimed at exploring the hot, dense atmosphere around Venus.
04 November 2005, 06:23 AM ET
Venus is the first planet you'll spot as darkness falls. You can even see it before sunset if you know just where to look in the southwest sky.
26 October 2005, 10:48 AM ET
European scientists are reasonably confident their Venus Express spacecraft will launch to Earth's nearest neighbor before the tight window of opportunity when the planets are aligned slams shut in a few weeks.
26 October 2005, 07:00 AM ET
Despite a delayed start, Europe’s first Venus probe is preparing to launch spaceward on a mission to study the planet’s soupy atmosphere and, hopefully, answer many of the nagging questions raised by past expeditions to the cloudy world.
24 October 2005, 07:00 AM ET
Venus is commonly known as Earth's "twin sister," but when it comes to being alike, these two are more like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito than Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.
21 October 2005, 05:12 PM ET
The launch of Europe’s first Venus probe has been delayed after pad workers found signs of contamination atop the spacecraft’s Russian-built rocket, the European Space Agency (ESA) said Friday.
26 August 2005, 07:11 AM ET
In the evening of Sept. 1, the two planets will pair-off in a striking conjunction low in the western evening twilight.
24 June 2005, 06:41 AM ET
Saturn, Venus and Mercury gather for an eyecatching sight.
07 June 2005, 07:00 AM ET
Most television science fiction shows fling humans out to the vast reaches of the galaxy, but "Voyage to the Planets and Beyond" is content with exploring our own planetary backyard.
13 May 2005, 06:23 AM ET
With each passing day, Venus has been moving on a slow course toward the east and pulling away from the Sun’s general vicinity. Now it's emerging as the evening star.
27 August 2004, 07:00 AM ET
With no planets in the evening sky, morning is where the action is, otherworld-wise. The nifty pairing of Venus and Saturn is worth a look.
26 August 2004, 07:00 AM ET
In an interview, David Grinspoon explains how Venus evolved from a wet planet similar to Earth to the scorching hot, dried-out furnace of today. Then he discusses the possibility that Venus was once an inhabited world.
02 August 2004, 07:14 AM ET
Sunlight drops when Mercury or Venus cross the face of the Sun and when sunspots cross the surface. Yet when there are few sunspots, sunlight also decreases.
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