Illustration of Pioneer Venus Multiprobe approaching Venus. Image credit: NASA/ Paul Hudson

40 Years Ago, Pioneer Venus Multiprobe Launched to Study the Cloud-Shrouded Planet Venus

40 Years Ago, Pioneer Venus Multiprobe Launched to Study the Cloud-Shrouded Planet Venus On August 8, 1978, the Pioneer Venus Multiprobe spacecraft launched to study…

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The Blood Moon from January 31, 2018. Our second chance to see an eclipsed Moon this year is coming up on July 28. Martin George, Author provided

It’s a busy night sky this July, so make sure you look up

It’s a busy night sky this July, so make sure you look up The Blood Moon from January 31, 2018. Our second chance to see…

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Look up … some things to do with your new telescope. Flickr/Grand Canyon National Park, CC BY

You too can be an astrophysicist with your new telescope

You too can be an astrophysicist with your new telescope Look up … some things to do with your new telescope. Flickr/Grand Canyon National Park,…

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Artist's concept of Cassini's flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus. Image credit: NASA/JPL

Water, water, everywhere in our Solar system but what does that mean for life?

Water, water, everywhere in our Solar system but what does that mean for life? This illustration shows Cassini diving through geyser plumes on Saturn’s the…

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The Russian Academy of Sciences’ Space Research Institute (IKI) Venera-D mission concept includes a Venus orbiter that would operate for up to three years, and a lander designed to survive the incredibly harsh conditions a spacecraft would encounter on Venus’ surface for a few hours. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA Studying Shared Venus Science Objectives with Russian Space Research Institute

NASA Studying Shared Venus Science Objectives with Russian Space Research Institute A team of NASA-sponsored scientists will meet with the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Space…

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Have we really discovered other “Earth-like” planets orbiting around other stars? Understanding what we do and do not know about exoplanets is the key to answering this question. ESO/L. Calcada/N. Risinger/Reuters

Until we get better tools, excited reports of ‘habitable planets’ need to come back down to Earth

Until we get better tools, excited reports of ‘habitable planets’ need to come back down to Earth Joshua Tan, Universidad Católica de Chile In 1950,…

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Observations suggest Venus may have had water oceans in its distant past. A land-ocean pattern like that above was used in a climate model to show how storm clouds could have shielded ancient Venus from strong sunlight and made the planet habitable. Credits: NASA

NASA Climate Modeling Suggests Venus May Have Been Habitable

Venus may have had a shallow liquid-water ocean and habitable surface temperatures for up to 2 billion years of its early history, according to computer…

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NASA Venus image: NASA / JPL (from Magellan) - The Earth seen from Apollo 17.jpg Venus globe.jpg Size comparison of Venus and Earth. Approximate scale is 29 km/px

Venus Earth’s twin planet may have once been a habitable world

Was Venus the First Habitable World of our Solar System? Present-day Venus is an inhospitable place with surface temperatures approaching 750K and an atmosphere over…

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