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Mysteries in Nili Fossae

These new images from the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA’s Mars Express show Nili Fossae, one of the most enticing regions on Mars. This ‘graben system’ lies northeast of the volcanic region of Syrtis Major on the northwestern edge of the large Isidis impact basin – and intriguing hints of methane have been seen here. […]

What are the seasons like on Uranus?

Uranus, like Earth, has four seasons. But that’s where the similarity between our seasons ends. For starters, the length of Uranus’ seasons are different from ours. It takes Earth 365 days to orbit around the sun, but it takes Uranus 84 years, more or less. So, each season on Uranus lasts 21 (Earth) years. Uranus’ […]

Venus vortex!

This ghostly puff of smoke is actually a huge mass of swirling gas and cloud at planet Venus’ south pole, as seen by ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft. This is an image of the vortex at the south pole of planet Venus, taken by the Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (VIRTIS) aboard European Space Agency’s […]

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