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Submission + - New map hints at Venus' wet, volcanic past (

Matt_dk writes: "Venus Express has charted the first map of Venus' southern hemisphere at infrared wavelengths. The new map hints that our neighbouring world may once have been more Earth-like, with a plate tectonics system and an ocean of water. The map comprises over a thousand individual images, recorded between May 2006 and December 2007. Because Venus is covered in clouds, normal cameras cannot see the surface, but Venus Express used a particular infrared wavelength that can see through them."
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New map hints at Venus' wet, volcanic past

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Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man -- who has no gills. -- Ambrose Bierce