The Electric Wind of Venus

  • Released Monday, June 20, 2016
  • Updated Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 11:18AM
  • ID: 12208

Venus has an "electric wind" strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere. This action may have played a significant role in stripping Earth's twin planet of its oceans, according to new research results from the European Space Agency's Venus Express mission led by NASA-funded researchers. Lead author of the research paper, Glyn Collinson, explains that "electric wind" can strip Earth-like planets of oceans and atmospheres.


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center


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