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Radar in Earth and Planetary Science, Part 2

Heather Hunter • May 12, 2017

Heather Hunter brings us the next installment in her series on radio detection and ranging.

Transient hot spots on Venus: Best evidence yet for active volcanism

Emily Lakdawalla • June 18, 2015

In a paper released in Geophysical Research Letters today, Eugene Shalygin and coauthors have announced the best evidence yet for current, active volcanism on Venus. The evidence comes from the Venus Monitoring Camera, which saw transient hot spots in four locations along a system of rifts near Venus' equator. They saw the hot spots in two distinct episodes in 2008 and 2009.

Venus From 33 Years Ago, and Why We Need to Explore

Ted Stryk • March 05, 2015

Thirty-three years ago today, Venera 14 plunged through the thick Venusian atmosphere to the surface. Ted Styrk shares some of his processed images from the Venera lander missions to Venus—and makes a plea for us to return.

Standing on Venus in 1975

Ted Stryk • July 24, 2014

Venera 9 and 10 landed on Venus in 1975 and sent back the first images of the planet's surface. Now, Ted Stryk brings new life to these images to show us what it would be like to stand on the Venusian surface.

Intro Astronomy Class 4: Eclipses, Mercury, Venus-Earth-Mars Atmospheres, Venus

Bruce Betts • February 28, 2014

This video of class 4 of Bruce Betts' Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class discusses eclipses, Mercury, Venus, and a comparison of the atmospheres of Venus, Earth, and Mars.

A Spin Through the Inner Solar System

Bill Dunford • February 24, 2014

Animated maps of the planets show the spheres in motion.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 4: Heaven & Hell

Casey Dreier • November 04, 2013

Humans face the consequences of our own knowledge about the cosmos in this latest episode recap and analysis of Carl Sagan's classic series.

A Map of the Evening Star

Bill Dunford • August 20, 2013

Beautiful maps of a mysterious place.

Pretty picture: tessera terrain on Venus

Emily Lakdawalla • February 07, 2013

In which I dive into the Magellan radar data set and come up with some images of an unusual and possibly unique solar system terrain: tessera.

DPS 2012, Tuesday: Titan's surface

Emily Lakdawalla • October 17, 2012

Tuesday morning at the Division of Planetary Sciences meeting featured talks on the surface composition and landforms on Titan, including lakes and "hot cross buns."

A couple of gems from the archives

Emily Lakdawalla • September 10, 2012

We're still working on migrating content from the old to the new website. This week, that means I am looking, one by one, through some great amateur-processed space images.

An unheralded anniversary

Emily Lakdawalla • August 28, 2012

Yesterday, August 27th, 2012, was, in a sense, the 50th anniversary of interplanetary travel. Fifty years ago yesterday, Mariner 2 launched toward Venus, and became the first object to leave Earth and travel to another world.

Venus' very pretty craters

Emily Lakdawalla • March 05, 2012

Each Magellan images of Venus seems to be a work of abstract art.

Is there life on Venus? Not in reprocessed Venera-13 images.

Emily Lakdawalla • January 23, 2012

At the end of last week, a rather sensational article appeared in both the Russian- and English-language sites of the Russian news agency, RIA Novosti. "Life Spotted on Venus - Russian Scientist," ran the English headline; a Google translation of the Russian one goes: "The Soviet probes may have photographed creatures on Venus."

Russia's Venera-D mission (DPS-EPSC 2011)

Ted Stryk • October 05, 2011

During the afternoon poster session at the Division of Planetary Sciences / European Planetary Science Congress meeting, I had a long talk with Ludmila Zasova (IKI) about Russia's Venera-D mission to Venus.

Door 23 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 23, 2010

Time to open the twenty-third door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this oozing wound?

Door 16 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 16, 2010

Time to open the sixteenth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this widespread fan?

Door 5 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 05, 2010

Time to open the fifth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this meandering river?

Special report by Bill Nye from the VEXAG Meeting

Bill Nye • September 02, 2010

Is Venus the forgotten planet, or just one that's hard to figure out?

One month, one journal, so many missed space stories!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 24, 2010

Or: Emily reads you the table of contents of Icarus.

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