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Venus Probe Returns First Images

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the check-out-the-umm-clouds dept.

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The BBC reports on the first images returned from Venus by the EU probe. From the article: "They show the hothouse planet's south pole from a distance of 206,452km. Mission scientists are already intrigued by a dark 'vortex' feature which can be clearly seen in one image. Venus Express will orbit the planet for about 500 Earth days to study its atmosphere, which is thought to have undergone runaway greenhouse warming." They're offering some high-rez images of the planet at the ESA website.

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154 comments

Earth days? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Crowhead (577505) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133389)

Was that clarification really necessary?

Well, yes. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133403)

If you're interested in science as anything more than a few sound bites to ooh and ahh at then... duh, yes. Assumptions being the mother of all fuckups and so on.

Re:Well, yes. (1)

Anonymous Crowhead (577505) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133428)

If you're interested in science as anything more than a few sound bites to ooh and ahh at then... ...you don't get your 'science' at the BBC.

(I finished your sentence for you.)

Venus 'days' are long ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133459)

... real long. Look it up, genius.

Re:Earth days? (2, Informative)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133471)

Yes the clarification was necessary, each planet has its own definition of a day (that is, a complete rotation about its axis).

A single day on Venus takes 243 of our days.

Re:Earth days? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Crowhead (577505) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133515)

Yes the clarification was necessary, each planet has its own definition of a day (that is, a complete rotation about its axis).

Well then now I am confused. The last sentence of the article asks why the Earth and Venus evolved so differently over the last 4.6 billion years. Are they talking Earth years or Venus years? They didn't specify. Or do you only have to do it once, like the trademark symbol? You know, just use it at the first instance and it's implied for the rest. Is that how it works?

We want more Pics! (0, Offtopic)

Phantombrain (964010) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133391)

I'm still waiting for the Pictures from Uranus!

Re:We want more Pics! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133560)

That link has been posted many times...

Whoa (4, Insightful)

Xiph (723935) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133398)

I don't really have anything intelligent to say. But i hope others who don't either will give me the peace and just say whoa, instead of coming with stupid puns, because these are truly cool pictures. so, don't write before you view. ESA has finally made something which isn't just cool, but looks cool too, and i hope they get the attention they deserve, because their funding needs it badly. anyway, cheers and enjoy the pics, i hope this'll still be the first post

Whoa-Star Attraction. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133438)

"ESA has finally made something which isn't just cool, but looks cool too, and i hope they get the attention they deserve, because their funding needs it badly. anyway, cheers and enjoy the pics, i hope this'll still be the first post"

The planet Venus will be wanting a cut of that funding as well.

Re:Whoa (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133450)

I wasn't so taken with the images.
Infact, I expected much better - they "high-rez" looks very grainy, like a bad jpeg.
I hope this first capture isn't going to be indicative of the quality.

Earlier on (when I saw this article) I went looking at the first images from other craft, and one of the more startling comparisons comes from First close-up view of Jupiter from Voyager 1. [nasa.gov]

Even the Mariner images shown on the linked BBC article appear to have grater clarity and detail.

Re:Whoa (1)

dereference (875531) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133542)

Infact, I expected much better - they "high-rez" looks very grainy, like a bad jpeg.

It looks like a bad jpeg because that's exactly what it is; the 1024x768 "wallpaper" is only 161kB.

Re:Whoa (2, Interesting)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133564)

Thats my point.

The image I link to is a smaller gif image yet still contains much more clarity and detail than these deformed images.
They say first impressions count and the person who considered putting up these images instead of clear lower resolution ones needs a talking to.

Re:Whoa (1)

dereference (875531) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133669)

Thats my point.

Yes, I was actually trying to agree and expand upon your comment (it seems like it's been longer than normal since I've haven't had any mod points, so it's the best I could do). My apologies if it came across as any kind of disagreement.

Re:Whoa ..yuk (1)

Tuna_Shooter (591794) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133799)

Not very "hi-res" if you ask me..... whats with the pixel issue ???? 161k ...my Razor phone takes better pictures......although i'd have to throw it ...way out there to get some pics.... I know i'm going to get a mod hit with this one but its worth it......

Puns (1)

wordsofwisedumb (957054) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133553)

"The quibble, the quiddity, the double-entendre, the amphiboly, aye the amphibology, the pun, the punnet, and the pundigrion, all rest upon the fact that some sounds serve for two meanings...

...Men, being lazy, have boiled down dozens of varieties, and the labels therefore, into the puny word pun.

Notice, I call the physical word, not the mental exercise, puny. Puns are called puny by those that can't make them...

...Nevertheless, those that can make puns usually do. Tradition forbids applause; the approved reception for a pun is a groan. Yet it has been observed that, in their heart of hearts, people like talk seasoned with puns as much as with praises. And of course, no matter how flat your conversation, most people would like to have it flatter."

~Joseph T. Shipley

Perhaps there should be a way to sort comments into puns and useful comments. They are a respectable form of humor which can serve to entertain and educate. Granted they do tend to get in the way of relevant comments sometimes.
I know this is off-topic but your comment got me thinking...

Space (1)

Mark_MF-WN (678030) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133587)

I think it's fantastic that the ESA is getting so serious about space exploration. They're really becoming a leader in the space industry. Between China, Japan, the ESA, Russia, and NASA, the space industry is becoming truly international. Cooperation and competition, side-by-side, is a great way to get things done, especially with the private sector getting more directly involved.

It's definitely an interesting time to be alive...

Nobody Walks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133822)

Buy here, pay here, no credit,slow credit, bad credit, it doesn't matter!

I'll know space exploration is *REALLY * here when I see ads like that for used (I mean "previously pwned") spaceships. It took less than 50 years for normal airplanes to reach that status, but space travel appears to be taking a scosh longer :(

Re:Whoa (0, Redundant)

Skim123 (3322) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133624)

Whoa. Why isn't my Venus inside Uranus?

well duh (5, Funny)

ogarza (968535) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133413)

Scientists hope to learn how Venus, which is similar to Earth in size, mass and composition, evolved so differently over the last 4.6 billion years.


Oh i dunno.. maybe the avergae temperature being on avg. 890F, for example?

Re:well duh or why Venus is Not Like Earth (1, Troll)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133440)

Oh i dunno.. maybe the avergae temperature being on avg. 890F, for example?

Personally, I think it was a severe lack of Mint Juleps and Long Island Iced Teas.

That and having all one's wooden stir sticks light on fire.

Re:well duh or why Venus is Not Like Earth (2, Funny)

pintpusher (854001) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133589)

It's a direct result of the Great Pirate Migration that coincides with the beginning of our last ice age. The pirates of Venus were able to build a flying "ship" that they used to raid the next planet out from the sun. The Venutian government at the time was glad to see them go. Parlaimentary Spokesbabe Eep-ork-O'p said "Take your pirate asses off of Venus and don't come back. We don't need you guys after all." She later was quoted as saying "That was a damn silly thing to say" just before she evaporated in a puff of super-heated Venutian protoplasm.

We earthlings, the lucky recipients of this influx of pirates, have, until recently, enjoyed a relatively mild climate as a result and have chortled under our breath as we've watched our Venutian neighbors fry to a crisp.

Yes, but we've failed to keep up (1)

CFD339 (795926) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133627)

..our percentage of pirates to the overall population and looks what's happening now. We have global warming and not one but two George Bush's in charge of things.

Clearly, you have been touched by His noodley appendage.

Re:well duh or why Venus is Not Like Earth (1)

kclittle (625128) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133725)

Tom Cruise, is that you?

Re:well duh (0, Flamebait)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133455)

Oh i dunno.. maybe the avergae temperature being on avg. 890F, for example?

Yes but how did it get that way?

Re:well duh (2, Funny)

MrYotsuya (27522) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133482)

Cue the people who say Global Warming isn't real, citing a crappy Micheal Crichton novel.

Re:well duh (1)

ogarza (968535) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133494)

god... or 40 million kilometers in difference from distance to the sun

Re:well duh (1)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133577)

A day that's one third of an earth year might help.

Re:well duh (1)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133646)

Then explain why it is significantly hotter than even the sun-side of mercur even though it gets 3 times less solar energy per m^2?

Re:well duh (2, Informative)

Foobar of Borg (690622) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133816)

Then explain why it is significantly hotter than even the sun-side of mercur even though it gets 3 times less solar energy per m^2?

Well, for one thing, Mercury's atmosphere is extremely thin and contains things like sodium and potassium. Venus has a very thick atmosphere which helps keep much of the heat locked in.

Re:well duh (0, Flamebait)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133931)

Yeah, we know that. Here on Earth, we call those kind of atmospheric constituents "greenhouse gases". I'm thinking they don't call them much of anything on Venus, because anyone who might have been alive there is probably gone now :P

Re:well duh (1)

macshit (157376) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133581)

Oh i dunno.. maybe the avergae temperature being on avg. 890F, for example?

Yes but how did it get that way?
SUVs man, SUVs!

Re:well duh (3, Funny)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133608)

It got that way because there was too much greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Way too much methane. The methane came from ponies. Lots and lots of pink ponies. OMG! PONIES!!!

Re:well duh (1)

Ucklak (755284) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133638)

Venutian cows.

If only they had a way to capture the methane like we do.
http://www.patentlysilly.com/patent.php?patID=6982 161 [patentlysilly.com]

Re:well duh (1)

3waygeek (58990) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133692)

Fortunately, we have other ways [uspto.gov] to use the methane.

Re:well duh (1)

middlemen (765373) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133668)

Yes but how did it get that way?

Well let's see. Women are from Venus. Women are hot. Venus is hot. QED.
(Oh wait, it should be in the reverse order.)

Dept. of Redundancy Dept. (1)

Hyram Graff (962405) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133497)

The parent post has been brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department.

Re:Dept. of Redundancy Dept. (1)

ogarza (968535) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133516)

ha!

it is perfectly possible to have and average of averages

which is of course what i was referring to

;)

Celsius (2, Informative)

Crouty (912387) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133518)

Oh i dunno.. maybe the avergae temperature being on avg. 890F, for example?
Nah, we're talking Europe here, buddy, so it's 467C. Lest we're talking astrophysics, in which case it would be 740 K.

Re:Celsius (2, Funny)

ogarza (968535) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133543)

Nah, we're talking Europe here, buddy, so it's 467C. Lest we're talking astrophysics, in which case it would be 740 K.

oh yeah? 1381 rankine

Re:Celsius (1)

Jesapoo (929240) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133837)

psh... that's so 1860's...

Re: unintelligent design (1)

chooks (71012) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133838)

Scientists hope to learn how Venus, which is similar to Earth in size, mass and composition, evolved so differently over the last 4.6 billion years.

Evolution -- Bah! Clearly this is scientific proof of unintelligent design...

Seeing the future of Earth (1, Funny)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133423)

Sending a probe to Venus ... $xx million dollars

Getting back hi-res pictures of Venus under massive global warming ... $x million dollars

Realizing that this is what Earth might look at if we continue ignoring Global Warming ... Priceless.

For everything else, there's Big Oil PetroldollarCard.

Anti-US leftist posts alarmist global warming crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133439)

Tendentious.

Re:Anti-US leftist posts alarmist global warming c (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133487)

"Tendentious"

I guess this means that unless you are FOR global warming you are somehow anti-US and a leftist. That train of tought is in itself tendetious because it espouses a point of view that only rightists who think global warming is a good thing can be pro-US.

Re:Seeing the future of Earth (4, Funny)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133570)

Not understanding the differences between Earth and Venus... Priceless

There are some people who take the time to learn about our environment. For everyone else, there's Envirobabble.

Rediculous liberal craptrap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133578)

This is the typical kind of assumption and leaping to conclusions one would expect from the science jihad.

Listen, just because this is the way you choose to interpret the data doesn't mean it's right. Yes, many scientists hold the opinion that there is a planet named "Venus" between Earth and the Sun. However, there are other, competing, equally valid models for the solar system. The groupthink of science insists that only their model of the solar system, with this so-called "Venus" included, can be the right one, and only this one may be taught in schools or used in public policy analysis. But just because scientists want to bully the public into accepting Venus theory does not mean that Venus actually exists. Science only accepts evidence that reinforces their pre-assumed conclusion that there is a planet of Venus, and suppresses alternate viewpoints. Just try and get a scientific paper published that denies the existence of Venus and you'll see what I mean.

The evidence for the existence of Venus is an important scientific debate, and the debate must continue with both sides being represented equally. However the evidence is nowhere near conclusive enough to risk the very livelihood of American business by listening to pro-Venus chicken little proponents of so-called "global warming".

Re:Seeing the future of Earth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133678)

So you don't know that the atmosphere of Venus at its surface is sort of like standing on the ocean bottom here on Earth? it's, like, you know, thicker... a bit.

So global warming will convert our the nitrogen in our atmosphere to carbon dioxide? And load what's left with sulphur dioxide? Wow. Who knew?

You are too stupid to live.

Re:Seeing the future of Earth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133989)

It is amazing how many people would mod parent troll. These people are either living in denial or have no sense of humor. The fact is that we are getting hotter (or warmer - whatever) by the day. Mother Nature will heal herself, no doubt, but are we hurting her too much without leaving heal-time? I do not foresee the Day after tomorow anytime (movie not day), but until we can be sure either way, why release more Gas than needed?? (That applies to grampa's gas too).. Perhaps we can expect all things to get back to OK (in terms of Global Warming) in maybe 50 years or 500 years, maybe we will end up looking like venus regardless of how we treat this earth. I for one will try to reduce gas releases because i bloody hate the stink of it. And maybe some day I would get a Hybrid and (God Forbid) look smug, but the point is this; we could all use less smoke and all that crap in our air. Those of you who've ever been to London would know one thing - The air sometimes STINKS. Those of you in South East Asia who've ever had to smell the stink thanks to Bloody forest fires in Indonesia also know what I mean. The Haze makes even a person who smokes 40 sticks of Marlboro a day feel their lungs burn.

I don't care about your motivation, I dont care if your ideas and philosophies are correct, Stop the bloody gas release. And don't give me crap about the seas absorbing the gasses. As long as i can smell it (and no i did not fart), the plain and simple fact is that we are bloody polluting our air. Try spitting at the heavens, your saliva will fall back at your face. Thats what we are doing.

Vortices (4, Funny)

Joebert (946227) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133462)

>> Venus Express science team members say they want to know how these vortices remain stable and where they get their energy from.

If only ET would answer the phone, we could call them & ask which direction the water turns when they flush the toilet.

Nice image but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133496)

Memo to ESA: The whole pole looks like its on the night side, so why not extend the infrared coverage there? It looks like the structure at the pole is cut in half and I'm curious to see what it looks like.

So there's finally proof. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133501)

Venus really does contains a giant fucking vagina. But not an ordinary vagina, a soul-sucking vortex vagina.

Gentlemen: We have witnessed the home of the succubas.

ESA is not a part of the EU (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133502)

Just a minor correction - but the European Space Agency is not a part of the EU - and countries outside the EU participate as well.

Europe or something interesting (-1, Troll)

aCapitalist (552761) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133503)

The Russians and Americans already satellited this ages ago. Well, this is the ESA, so what do you expect, but maybe next time around we can get a bot to drill into the ice of Europa (ESA, Europa...huh).

But I'm sure the enviro-nazis will be gleefully saying "see, see, you stupid non phds, this is what earth will become unless we all go back to hunters and gathers"

On a side note, and for a real country that knows how to explore space (USA), how is VGER and Pioneer doing? Do they still call home?

P.S. yeah, this was a rip on euroweenies. tit for tat.

Re:Europe or something interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133559)

Clearly Europe has more satellites in orbit around Venus than you have brain cells in your head. Stop smoking crack and try to be coherent when you post.

Re:Europe or something interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133592)

..another product of the American education system speaks out.

    I'm guessing there are more euroweenies who could inform you about the current status of Voyager and Pioneer than Americans.

Re:Europe or something interesting (1, Offtopic)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133621)

But I'm sure the enviro-nazis will be gleefully saying "see, see, you stupid non phds, this is what earth will become unless we all go back to hunters and gathers"

I'd have a lot more respect for that type of fanatic if they'd just practice what they preach.

Re:Europe or something interesting (1)

James Juno (968549) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133794)

Not to mention Venus air is 90 times denser than Earth's and is 96.5% CO2 compared to Earth's 0.033%. That's a whole lotta SUV action, baby!

Re:Europe or something interesting (1)

eZtreme (940866) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133639)

The US satellites from the 70s took pictures from the North Pole, not the South Pole. And this mission is not just to take pictures, but also to find out more about Venus (yes, I have to agree with you, they shouldn't waste time researching a burning hot planet that we anyway can't settle on).

Re:Europe or something interesting (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133962)

Actually, numerous people have put significant thought into how to terraform venus. Clearly it's not as simple a job as Mars, but it's not necessarily impossible, except with today's technology of course. Also, the more understanding we have of other planets in our system, the more we learn about planets in general, which will assist our understanding of the cosmos, which has repeatedly turned out to be relevant back here at home on Earth.

Obligatory FSM Statement (3, Funny)

HolyCrapSCOsux (700114) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133513)

This is what happens when Piracy drops to zero. See RIAA? Se what you are trying to do? You are trying to KILL US ALL!

A few high-res images? Well, it's a start... (4, Interesting)

Colonel Sponsz (768423) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133514)

But I really wish ESA would adopt a more NASA-like policy for images and other probe data. I hold NASA in much higher esteem than ESA - not because of some sense of patriotism (hey, I live in Europe), but because with them people like me can more often than not actually get to see the results and access the raw data (and be able to use it for basically whatever purpose I see fit as well). ESA OTOH has a tendency to release only a few selected images, with lots of usage restrictions...

Difference between NASA and ESA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133550)

It's not entirely unnatural that ESA would have a different approach compared to NASA. NASA is publicly funded and as such they have obligations to the their public - ESA is funded by various governments and is an international organization. Remember that it's not even an institution of the European Union (EU). The end result is that the citizens of Europe cannot influence ESA directly or indirectly in any meaningful way at the moment.

Re:Difference between NASA and ESA (0)

Tx (96709) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133583)

Which is kind of the whole problem many of us Brits have with the whole European project - it's our tax euros being spent, but without anything like the sense of obligation to the taxpayers that there ought to be. You point out that the ESA isn't an agency of the European Union, but even if it was it would make much difference, I could start citing examples, but I better end this OT rant before I get carried away.

Re:Difference between NASA and ESA (1)

bar-agent (698856) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133676)

it's our tax euros being spent, but without anything like the sense of obligation to the taxpayers that there ought to be

No taxation without representation! Let history repeat itself!

Re:Difference between NASA and ESA (4, Insightful)

Tim C (15259) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133780)

NASA is publicly funded... ESA is funded by various governments

Sorry, you're going to have to explain the difference there. NASA is funded by a single government and so has a duty to the public whose money it receives, while ESA is funded by a number of governments, and so doesn't?

I can't say that I really see the difference...

Re:A few high-res images? Well, it's a start... (2, Interesting)

fermion (181285) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133802)

One thing that NASA is really good at is producing and promoting pretty pictures, as in the Astronomy Picture of the Day"

Now, some would regard this outreach work as a waste of money, but it ignores the fact that exploration and research requires trained motivated persons, person who have been exposed to the subject since childhood. Persons who have seen exploration and research as an exciting and compelling profession. This means making the subject accesible to average children and thier parents.

NASA used to be much better at this. There was a time when one could get a much closer unsanitized look at the operations. The profit motive and corruption has limited those opportunities, and now visitors are limited to Theme Park representation of the Space Admninistration, involving misrepresentation of science and 20 year old movies.

In spite of all this, I stil give NASA more points for not forcing a click wrap license before every picture.

Has to be said... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133525)

I prefer to see pictures from the probe to Uranus

oh come on, who can resist??

All that Co2 (0)

modmans2ndcoming (929661) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133527)

Where is Mega-Maid when you need her. I want my Vacuu-suck!!!!

"Probe's images of Venus' south pole"-hubba hubba! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133529)

I saw a headline in the news about a "probe images of Venus' south pole" and I couldn't help but double over laughing. It read like a description of a pr0n voyeurism movie.

Has it found any chicks? (4, Funny)

Zygote-IC- (512412) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133531)

It's Venus after all -- and according to the book, that's where women are originally from.

The runaway global warming was probably caused by all their yaps going nonstop, a stream of hot air about "doing the dishes," "mowing the lawn," and "come look at this cute house I built in 'The Sims.'"

And, yeah, that dark vortex? That costs $15.99 a month, billed to your credit card under the name "OMFGSONOTPR0N.COM"

Thankfully my wife doesn't read slashdot or I could so get my ass...

Oh dear God -- CLOSE, CLOSE, CLOSE!!!

Re:Has it found any chicks? (1)

macdaddy357 (582412) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133698)

A Goddess on a mountain top
Was burning like a silver flame
The summit of Beauty in love
And Venus was her name

REFRAIN:
She's got it yeah, Baby, she's got it
Well, I'm your Venus, I'm your fire
At your desire

Her weapon were her crystal eyes
Making every man mad
Black as the dark night she was
Got what no-one else had... Wa!

REFRAIN
She's got it yeah, Baby, she's got it
Well, I'm your Venus, I'm your fire
At your desire

Re:Has it found any chicks? (1)

James Juno (968549) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133729)

This is classic, Zygote! Absolutely classic! I've been married 12 years and the horrors of Venus are no mystery to me, either.

Re:Has it found any chicks? (1)

Beryllium Sphere(tm) (193358) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133923)

Hot chicks?

Lucky for you that it's returning images (1)

murderlegendre (776042) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133551)

Otherwise, I was going to destroy the Earth.

It's blocking my view of Venus.

Re:Lucky for you that it's returning images (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15133588)

That's as funny as a screen door on a battleship.

Images are fine (2, Funny)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133552)

I just hope it doesn't return to Earth and go berzerk. Lee Majors is looking a little long in the tooth to do anything about it these days.

Re:Images are fine (1)

mikesd81 (518581) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133685)

Sad i'm only 25 and I know exactly what show you're talking about....But i that was from mars? Maybe one of the Rovers?

Re:Images are fine (1)

geobeck (924637) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133815)

No, it was definitely Venus. I'm 36, and the OP brought back perfect images of Steve Austin being chased around by a big, sloping-sided space probe. The reason it was nearly invincible on Earth was because it was designed to stand up to Venus' harsh conditions.

Re:Images are fine (1)

geobeck (924637) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133810)

It's worse than you think. The reason the ESA is only releasing a few selected images is because it found a planet full of people who were so pacified, they were unwilling to do anything about global warming. Eventually they just lay down where they were... forgot to go to work, forgot to breed, forgot to eat...

Except of course, for the 1/10 of 1% of the population that had the opposite effect... and became politicians!

High rez my ass (1)

moultano (714440) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133554)

Did they decide to stop uploading the high frequency components of those jpegs or something?

I have an idea! (2, Insightful)

tetrahedrassface (675645) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133598)

/sarcasm on
Lets keep burning stuff like oil, and coal, and once that gone lets start chemically freeing carbon from limestone. Im sure at some point. With enough methane added in the mix we too can be like VENUS!
Yay,.
I propose we let our cars all idle..even when we are home! Hey..get involved! Its for America! :0
/sarcasm off

Re:I have an idea! (1)

jo7hs2 (884069) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133700)

Been drinking the eco-kool-aid a little?

I don't like these image taking satellites (1)

zymano (581466) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133605)

The ones that take core samples might be more useful

High Res Images (2, Informative)

imboboage0 (876812) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133643)

They're offering some high-rez images of the planet at the ESA website.
Well they were anyway, until they posted a link on the Slashdot front page.

glad it was venus... (-1, Redundant)

my moustache (839297) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133654)

really, nobody needs to see images of uranus. /har

What's that vortex? (1)

bar-agent (698856) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133680)

That polar vortex is the Venusian greenhouse gas factory. They had a bit of a mad scientist problem, and one mad scientist finally "showed them all!"

Runaway greenhouse effect? (2, Insightful)

snookumz (919796) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133758)

Maybe I'm being tedious, but I don't agree with comparing Venus to the Earth. The Earth is a complex system of oceans, atmosphere, plant, and animal life. Venus never had the kind of feedback loops that the Earth has. Venus is an example of how a planet that never developed a complex ecology would develop with an excess of CO2. Don't get me wrong. Venus is as much an example of the Greenhouse effect of CO2 as anything, but the Venusian skys weren't polluted by to many cars.

Re:Runaway greenhouse effect? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133948)

How do you know that their planet never developed a complex ecology? Maybe Venus was once covered by a lush forest, and it got too hot, there was a forest fire, and the whole planet was consumed by a firestorm? We'll likely never know of course, but believing something is the case when there's not yet any significant evidence either way is pretty silly.

Uranus Probe (1)

d4nowar (941785) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133795)

I just hope they never have to send a probe to Uranus.

^Bad joke.

Heh-heh... (-1, Redundant)

Ninjy (828167) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133801)

Heh-heh... can't wait!
Uranus Probe Returns First Images

No thanks -- I think I'll pass. ;)

Re:Heh-heh... (1)

Jules Mercuri (921249) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133903)

Images available at www.goatse.cx.

Re:Heh-heh... (1)

Akaihiryuu (786040) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133980)

The name was changed to Urectum in 2620 because of all of the Uranus jokes...

Ozone hole (2, Funny)

HermanAB (661181) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133818)

Wow, they found an ozone hole on Venus too? ;)

It is all in the name (-1, Redundant)

houghi (78078) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133842)

Sending things to Mars and Venus is all just because of the names. They would be the laughing stock of everybody with a title like "We are probing Uranus".

Venus Orbit Insertion (1)

dsci (658278) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133875)

Looks a lot like a party here on earth.

Awesome pictures... (1)

ursabear (818651) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133904)

I think the pictures are awesome. I've always enjoyed space sciences, and all the neat stuff coming from long-distance probes and satellites is great.

Kinda puts things in perspective when you see a vortex that appears to be covering half a planet...

Has to be green house gases (1, Insightful)

random coward (527722) | more than 8 years ago | (#15133999)

It cant possibly be that Venus is 23 million miles closer to the sun. It cant be that Venus is 25% closer to the Sun than the Earth. Has to be the carbon dioxide. After all there can be only one cause for any effect.
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