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2006-Apr-14, 04:36 AM
SUMMARY: ESA's Venus Express has sent back its first photographs of Venus, including the planet's never-before-seen southern pole. This image was taken using the spacecraft's VIRTIS instrument when it was more than 200,000 km (125,000 miles) away. Scientists are particularly interested in the dark vortex of clouds above the south pole, which corresponds to a similar structure above the planet's north pole. Venus Express will be getting much closer to the planet in the coming weeks, so the views are just going to get better.

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2006-Apr-14, 01:43 PM
This should get ever more interesting as I am interested in the altitudes at which the temperature is between zero and 100 degrees celsius and what the pressures are over these ranges of temperature.

2006-Apr-17, 12:46 AM
A balloon habitat would be difficult at 50 to 100 degrees c, but possible. Very little air conditioning would be needed between zero and 25 degrees c, but there may not be any Venus altitude that cool. Neil