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Venus is the first other planet in solar system that still has active volcanoes

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Scientists from the American Universities Space Research Association (USRA) have determined that volcanoes are active on Venus. As far as we know, it is the first other planet in our solar system where such active natural phenomena still occur, write the researchers Friday night in the journal Science Advances.

The discovery was made by analyzing thermal images of volcanoes on Venus. Some lava flows seem to be only a few years old, according to the scientists.

Research leader Justin Filiberto sees enough reasons to start a mission to Venus.

“Through further research, we may discover why Venus and Earth do have active volcanoes, but Mars, for example, does not.”

Moreover, future missions could provide more evidence, says Filiberto.

“Then we can better monitor changes on Venus.”

The first photos showing volcanoes on Venus were taken around 1990 by NASA’s spacecraft Magellan.

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