NEW: So­lar Sys­tem Chat­ter Re­ports from out there

Air & Space Smithsonian - - Front Page - BY HEATHER GOSS

THE VENUS EX­PRESS space­craft plum­meted into its tar­get planet’s at­mos­phere at the end of 2014, but data from the eight-year Euro­pean Space Agency mis­sion is still re­veal­ing new things. Sci­en­tists an­nounced in June that ther­mal maps show lo­cal­ized bright­nesses in four “hotspots” around tec­tonic rift zones. The mis­sion team be­lieves this find­ing is the best ev­i­dence yet of ac­tive vol­ca­noes on Venus.

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