Astronomers deploy Earth-based radar to map the surface of Venus

March 11, 2015 6:33 PM

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Against the background that only spacecraft radar can penetrate the cloudy surface of Venus, scientists at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) have deployed heavy Earth-based radar technology to map the surface of Venus.

Utilizing earlier work done by the Pioneer and Soviet Venera spacecraft in the 1980s and the Magellan spacecraft in the 1990s, the NRAO-affiliated astronomers transmitted radar waves from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, bounced them off of the surface of Venus and then received their echoes ...

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