Friday, November 30, 2007

Mosaic structure of the Venus surface

Mosaic structure of the Venus surface

In this photo released by the European Space Agency on Nov. 28, 2007, the mosaic structure of the Venusian surface, obtained thanks to radar images from NASA's 'Magellan' spacecraft, is seen. Nearby, planet Venus is looking a bit more Earth-like wit h frequent bursts of lightning confirmed by a new European space probe. For nearly three decades, astronomers have said Venus probably had lightning, ever since a 1978 NASA probe showed signs of electrical activity in its atmosphere. But experts were not sure because of signal interference. Gaps in the Magellan data were filled in with Pioneer and Venera data. Photo: AP


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