LOL…Venus as our “evil twin”…amusing, to say the least!

Astronomy and Law

Venus is roughly the same size as the Earth, formed in the “Goldilocks” zone like Earth, but so completely different than Earth.

In 2006, the European Space Agency launched the Venus Express mission to answer some of the questions hidden beneath the cloudy veil of our sister planet.  It took less than three years from approval to launch of the Venus Express mission.  The ESA re-used the same design that was used in the Mars Express mission launched in 2003.

Scientists have been particularly interested in why Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system.  Even though Mercury is much closer to the Sun, Venus is far hotter.

Other questions range from volcanic activity to the big one: Is there life on Venus?

File:AtmosphereofVenus.svg

Before you pooh-pooh the idea just because a cool day on Venus is over four times hotter than boiling water, and with winds of 220 mph…

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