NASA’s New Views of Venus’ Surface From Space

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has taken its first visible light images of the surface of Venus from space.

Smothered in thick clouds, Venus’ surface is usually shrouded from sight. But in two recent flybys of the planet, Parker used its Wide-Field Imager, or WISPR, to image the entire nightside in wavelengths of the visible spectrum – the type of light that the human eye can see – and extending into the near-infrared.

The images, combined into a video, reveal a faint glow from the surface that shows distinctive features like continental regions, plains, and plateaus. A luminescent halo of oxygen in the atmosphere can also be seen surrounding the planet.

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… really? When WWIII is brewing in Canada? Perspective Reality… geeze.

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Also… and I hate to taint science with this accusation… how many studies stretch to find ‘new’ things so they can justify funding further studies? When government is the source of funds, is that really a test of worthiness? Monitor a planet for 10 years what can you know of it’s past… never-mind it’s future.

Shit, I just saw a Humvee… no hundreds of them near the equator. I figured out global warming on Venus… you can all go home now

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