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Archive of Venus Articles

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APRIL 2020 Cosmic Dust in Planetary Atmospheres
by Linda M. V. Martel
CosmoSparks Report - Models and experiments show the fate of cosmic dust that enters the atmospheres of planets and how ionization and ablation of the cosmic dust influences chemistry all the way to the surface.
pdf link, Cosmic Dust in Planetary Atmospheres
9 MARCH 2020 Greatest Show on Venus: Lavas are Hot and Fresh Out of the Mantle
by David Trang
Spectral observations of the surface of Venus and experiments determining rates of alteration due to the hot Venusian atmosphere indicate that some basalts on the planet's hot surface formed within the past several years.
pdf link, Venus lava flow ages
NOV 2018 Assessing Venus' Clouds in the Ultraviolet
by Linda M. V. Martel
CosmoSparks Report - Researchers hypothesize a biological-microbial contribution to the ultraviolet spectral features in the lower clouds of Venus.
pdf link, Venus' clouds in the ultraviolet


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