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Venus: 50 Years after Mariner 2

Bruce Campbell, Geophysicist, National Air and Space Museum Center for Earth and Planetary Studies


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Smithsonian's Stars Lecture Series
Saturday, February 16, 2013
5:15 pm to 6:45 pm
Albert Einstein Planetarium
Museum in Washington, DC

  • 4:00-5:00 pm Discovery Station
  • 5:15-6:45 pm Lecture and Q&A
  • 6:30-8:30 pm Observatory Open

Mariner 2 was the first space probe to successfully explore another planet, flying past Venus in 1962. Fifty years later, we have high-resolution topography and images from Earth-based and satellite observations, but our nearest neighbor still holds many mysteries. Find out what we know about Venus, including how it differs from Earth and how future explorers may provide crucial clues to understanding this hot, dry world.

Smithsonian's Stars lectures are suitable for ages 13 and up.

The Smithsonian's Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.

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