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Don't Ignore the Planet Next Door

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Science  29 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5599, pp. 1706-1707
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5599.1706

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LONDON-- NASA and the world's other space agencies spend vastly more money on missions to Mars than to Venus because Mars's surface was marked by water in the distant past--meaning the possibility of life, in the past if not the present--whereas water is something that Venus conspicuously lacks. But is it time for a closer look at Venus? Some researchers say life could exist in its veil of clouds, and it could help us understand planets around distant stars.