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Venus Express:Venus Express unearths new clues to the planet's geological history

16 May 2012, 10:34 UTC
Venus Express:Venus Express unearths new clues to the planet's geological history
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ESA&aposs Venus Express has been used to study the geology in a region near Venus&apos equator. Using near-infrared observations collected by the Venus Monitoring Camera (VMC), scientists have found evidence that the planet&aposs rugged highlands are scattered with geochemically more evolved rocks, rather than the basaltic rocks of the volcanic plains. This finding is in agreement with previous studies, which used data from the spacecraft&aposs Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (VIRTIS) to map the planet&aposs surface in the southern hemisphere.

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