Venus

From the Vault: Life on Venus

The planet Venus might seem a hellish destination and an unlikely place to find extraterrestrial life. And yet, many experts agree that life may have existed in the planet's ancient oceans -- and may thrive yet within the upper atmosphere. Join Robert and Joe in a quest for Venusian aliens. (Originally published May 17, 2018)

The Ashen Light

Does the dark side of Venus occasionally glow with a dim, haunting phosphorescence? It’s one of astronomy’s oldest and most enduring mysteries. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick for an examination of the ashen light.

Life on Venus

The planet Venus might seem a hellish destination and an unlikely place to find extraterrestrial life. And yet, many experts agree that life may have existed in the planet's ancient oceans -- and may thrive yet within the upper atmosphere. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick in a quest for Venusian aliens. 

Retrofuturist Flashback: Venusian Cloud Colonies

'Night Gallery' Painting or NASA Image?

Space Music: This is the Sound of Pipe Organs on Mars

I have to admit that I'd never thought about this one before. We love listening to our favorite artists here on Earth, but what would, say, Fleetwood Mac sound like on Mars (prior to Mick Fleetwood's head exploding ala "Total Recall")? After all, we're dealing with different atmospheric temperatures, densities and pressures. Nothing would be quite the same. As it turns out, Physicist Andi Petculescu and acoustics Professor Tim Leighton have already done just about everything short of actually blasting pipe organs into space.

We're Going to Venus -- With Balloons

NASA is currently formulating a plan to send several missions to Earth's other sister world, Venus, according to an article today in New Scientist. Numerous U.S. and Soviet spacecraft have made the journey in the past, including both unmanned satellites and unmanned surface probes. What sets this proposed Venus mission apart is the use of high-altitude balloons to study the planet's upper atmosphere.