NASA's possible planetary missions

NASA has selected four possible planetary science missions for further evaluation, two focused on Venus, one on Jupiter's volcanic moon Io and one on Neptune's icy moon Triton. Final selections will be made next year.

Venus Could Have Supported Life for Billions of Years

According to new study by a team of NASA scientists, Venus would have been able to maintain stable temperatures – from a low of 20 °C (68 °F) to a high of 50 °C (122 °F) – for about three billion years.

Jupiter and Venus Change Earth's Orbit Every 405,000 Years

A new study presents the first physical evidence that the Venus’ and Jupiter’s gravity can cause shifts in Earth’s orbit—and swings in its climate—every 405,000 years.

Building Electronics That Can Work on Venus

NASA, with an eye to future missions, is looking to create robotic missions and components that can survive inside Venus’ atmosphere for prolonged periods of time.

Venus Express Probe Reveals the Planet's Mysterious Night Side

Japanese researchers recently conducted a study of the night side of Venus. In addition to being the first of its kind, this study also revealed that the atmosphere behaves differently on the night side, which was unexpected.

NASA Plans to Send CubeSat To Venus to Unlock Atmospheric Mystery

Once deployed, the mission will determine the composition, chemistry, dynamics, and radioactive transfer of Venus’ atmosphere.

We finally have a computer that can survive the surface of Venus

Over the last few years electronics based on the semiconductor silicon carbide (SiC) have started to mature. Those properties make it a very suitable candidate for computing on Venus.

An Enormous Atmospheric Anomaly Has Been Spotted On Venus

Using the Akatsuki spacecraft, Japanese scientists have detected a large, bow-shaped anomaly in the upper atmosphere of Venus. Strangely, the 6,200-mile-long structure is refusing to budge despite the 225 mile-per-hour winds that surround it.

There Could Have Been Life On Venus

Scientists believe Venus was once Earth-like. How is this possible and what caused the planet to turn toxic?

Venus May Have Supported Life Too

Earlier in its history, the second planet from the sun may have had a liquid water ocean and temperatures suitable for life, a new study shows.

Venus Exoplanet Twin Found in Nearby Star System : Discovery News

Astronomers have found a rocky planet orbiting a small star that is within easy telescope views from Earth.

Space weather: explosions on Venus

In the grand scheme of the solar system, Venus and Earth are almost the same distance from the sun. Yet the planets differ dramatically: Venus is some 100 times hotter than Earth and its days more than 200 times longer. The atmosphere on Venus is so thick that the longest any spacecraft has survived on its surface before being crushed is a little over two hours. There's another difference, too. Earth has a magnetic field and Venus does not -- a crucial distinction when assessing the effects of the sun on each planet.

Lightning sprites are out-of-this-world: 'sprites' predicted in atmospheres of Jupiter, Saturn and Venus

Lightning sprites are out-of-this-world: 'sprites' predicted in atmospheres of Jupiter, Saturn and Venus