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  • Venus’ Only Active Probe Mysteriously Falls Silent

    Venus’ Only Active Probe Mysteriously Falls Silent

    For nearly 10 years, there’s been only one spacecraft able to keep its cool above the hellish landscape of Venus. The Japanese Akatsuki probe was sent to Earth’s neighboring planet to observe its atmospheric dynamics, but the lone Venusian mission has suddenly gone quiet. Japan’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) has lost contact…


  • Venus’s Skies Are Covered in Oxygen, Actually

    Venus’s Skies Are Covered in Oxygen, Actually

    While air is a gaseous delight unique to Earth, a team of astrophysicists have made a satisfying discovery: the direct observation of atomic oxygen on Venus’ dayside, confirming that the element crucial for our existence exists on both sides of the hellish planet. About 96% of the atmosphere on the second planet from the Sun…