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Fraser
2010-Dec-09, 04:00 PM
Astronomers have been busy trying to determine the spin period and composition of Venus’ moon. December 8, 2010, results were announced by JPL/Caltech scientists, led by Michael Hicks. “Wait a minute; back up”, I hear you ask. “Venus has a Moon?” Of course it does. Well, kind of… Let me explain. (...)Read the rest of [...]

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Buttercup
2010-Dec-09, 05:56 PM
Wow. I either missed that bit of news back in the day, or forgot. Will share this with friends in a different forum. :D

Van Rijn
2010-Dec-09, 07:01 PM
Wow. I either missed that bit of news back in the day, or forgot. Will share this with friends in a different forum. :D

I'd suggest looking up "quasi-satellite" first. Don't say it is a real moon, or you probably will get arguments.

Trakar
2010-Dec-09, 07:13 PM
Astronomers have been busy trying to determine the spin period and composition of Venus’ moon. December 8, 2010, results were announced by JPL/Caltech scientists, led by Michael Hicks. “Wait a minute; back up”, I hear you ask. “Venus has a Moon?” Of course it does. Well, kind of… Let me explain. (...)Read the rest of [...]

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/81575/venus-has-a-moon/)

looks like some fairly close approaches coming up in 2014 and 2018. Beyond a composition study, is there any interesting science potential in a mission to objects like this?