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Space breakthrough as ‘recent volcanism seen on Venus’ casts planet’s death into doubt

  • October 19, 2021

Venus has been widely considered a dead planet for many years, its environment undergoing a radical and lethal shift, its atmosphere made up mainly of carbon dioxide and thick clouds of sulfuric acid completely.

Yet, recent research suggests this may be far from the truth.

Another look at data from the Magellan spacecraft, which was launched in 1989 to map the surface of Venus, has found that volcanism could still be occurring on the planet today — a clear sign that the planet is active.

Magellan spent five years spanning the planet, and is considered one of NASA’s most successful deep space missions, making several vital discoveries.

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