Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Study suggests Venus may have had oceans - Space.com- msnbc.com

Study suggests Venus may have had oceans - Space.com- msnbc.com

Venus may once have been more Earth-like, with volcanic activity and an ocean of water, a new map of the toasty planet's southern hemisphere suggests.

The map comprises over a thousand individual images, recorded between May 2006 and December 2007 by the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft. It gives astronomers another tool in their quest to understand why Venus is so similar in size to Earth and yet has evolved so differently.

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