Thursday, July 13, 2006

ESA Gives Venus Express A-OK

The Venus Express spacecraft, in orbit around the cloud-shrouded planet since April, has been cleared by European Space Agency scientists to begin its work researching, photographing and otherwise studying what many planetologists call Earth's sister planet.

Already scientists are finding more water, more clouds and more things they don't understand about the mysterious world. Greenhouse gases rage and winds swirl the dense clouds that obscure the surface of the planet. Preliminary information obtained from Venus Express in just a few short weeks has scientists wondering if those clouds might also hide a volcanically active planet.
Mysteries abound...

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