We have so much to learn about Venus, says JPL scientist Sue Smrekar. What we learn will help us understand our own world and Mars. Sue joins us this week to make a great case for a new Venus orbiter. The Parker Solar Probe has begun its exciting journey to “touch the Sun.” Our MaryLiz Bender talks with mission leaders before and after the launch. Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan have two great space trivia contests to wrap up right after they take us on another What’s Up tour of the solar system and back through the history of space exploration.
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Two views of Venus
Venus as it rougly appears to the human eye, from Mariner 10 images (left), compared with a global radar map of the surface from Magellan (right).
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Fracture patterns associated with arachnoids, one of the many indications of the relationship between volcanism and faulting on the surface of Venus.
Delta IV Heavy Parker Solar Probe launch
The United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket launched the Parker Solar Probe into space on August 12, 2018 at 3:31 a.m. EDT (0731 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Members of the Parker Solar Probe team
Members of the Parker Solar Probe team pose for a picture just after their successful launch on August 12, 2018 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.