1st evidence of recent volcanic activity on Venus detected in groundbreaking study

A computer-generated image of Venus’ surface shows Maat Mons, an 8km-high volcano near the planet’s equator that erupted in 1991, according to a new study. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Planetary scientists have found groundbreaking evidence of recent volcanic activity on Venus. NASA Archive Magellan (opens in a new tab) The mission shows telltale signs that Maat Mons, an 8-kilometer-high volcano on Earth’s infernal twin, was active in 1991.

Magellan, launched in May 1989, was the first spacecraft to map the entire surface of Venus. Radar images from the mission revealed that Venus is dotted with volcanoes, but at the time scientists could not tell if any were still active.

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