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A Spin Through the Inner Solar System

More than 50 years of planetary exploration have yielded a rich harvest of data, including many volumes of pictures. These images have revealed the faces of nearly all the nearby worlds, which have turned out to be both forboding and

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Venus Approach

A series of images taken from the latest data set that was recently released from the Venus Express mission: Learn more about this mission’s investigations into the planet’s thick, swirling clouds. And check out this animation of an earlier orbit,

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A Map of the Evening Star

“A map says to you, Read me carefully, follow me closely, doubt me not. I am the Earth in the palm of your hand.” —Beryl Markham Beryl Markham knew about maps. She was a pilot, author and racehorse trainer, most

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Venus Approach

With all the attention on Mars and Mercury the past few days, here’s a previously unpublished view of Venus. I constructed this sequence from raw images taken in ultraviolet light by the Venus Monitoring Camera on board the Venus Express

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Naked to the Wind

Unlike Earth, Venus does not generate a magnetic field. Earth’s magnetic field protects its atmosphere from the solar wind. At Venus, however, the wind strikes the upper atmosphere and carries off particles into space. Scientists think the planet has lost

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