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Volcanoes on Venus: Fresh Lava Flows Detected

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Source: ET

 Context: Radar footage has revealed fresh lava flows on Venus, indicating active volcanoes.

Researchers from Italy’s International Research School of Planetary Sciences compared recent images with those from the 1990-1992 Magellan spacecraft, confirming new rock formations. These findings suggest Venus is more volcanic than previously thought, with active flows identified in the regions of Sif Mons and Niobe Planitia.


About Magellan Mission

Launched by NASA in 1989, the Magellan mission was the first spacecraft to image the entire surface of Venus. It used Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) to create high-resolution maps, revealing signs of volcanism, tectonic activity, and turbulent surface winds on Venus.