Ambassador 1: Thank you for having us, Doctor
Alkina: Call me Alkina, please. It’s a pleasure to have you aboard the Venus Orbital Space Station or VOSS, Ambassadors. As you can see, we monitor the Venus resource stations below.
Ambassador 2: Impressive.
Alkina: The stations act as a go-between from the VOSS to the unmanned mining rigs on the surface.
Alkina: The sulfuric acid clouds and CO2 atmosphere obscure our surface operations on the planet. And the extreme conditions limit our manned missions.
Ambassador 2: Ah yes, these conditions cause a greenhouse effect, resulting in a surface temperature of 740K.
Alkina: Venus’ weak magnetic field helps us test our spacecraft against the solar wind.
Ambassador 3: Alkina, is Venus truly named after one of Earth’s mythological goddesses?
Alkina: Yes, Venus is the ancient Roman goddess of beauty and love.
All Ambassadors: Ah! Is that…
Alkina: Yes, our newest craft, Epo. Epo and I will show you around the rest of our Solar System.
What does it mean?
Greenhouse effect – Planetary greenhouse effect is caused by the trapping of heat by greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane and water vapor, in the planet’s atmosphere.
Solar wind – is the term given to the stream of charged particles that are ejected from the Sun’s atmosphere. One of the effects of the interaction of solar wind and the Earth’s atmosphere is a creation of beautiful light patterns in sky known as auroras.
Is that all?
Find Venus – Night Sky Network’s guide to viewing Venus in January 2009.
Venus – Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) pictures of Venus.
NASA’s Venus page – Everything you ever wanted to know about Venus.
The Greenhouse Effect and Greenhouse Gasses – What influence does the greenhouse effect have on our planet?
Auroras: What makes them happen? – Find out how solar wind causes the Earth’s auroras.
PDF of this episode – A printable lithograph of this episode.
International Year of Astronomy 2009 – The official IYA 2009 website.