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Kargel, J. “Rivers of Venus.” Sky & Telescope (August 1997): 32. On lava channels.
Robertson, D. “Parched Planet.” Sky & Telescope (April 2008): 26. Overview of our understanding of the planet.
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Zimmerman, R. “Taking Venus by Storm.” Astronomy (October 2008): 66. On results from the Venus Express mission.
Albee, A. “The Unearthly Landscapes of Mars.” Scientific American (June 2003): 44. Results from the Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey missions and an overview.
Bell, J. “A Fresh Look at Mars.” Astronomy (August 2015): 28. Nice summary of recent spacecraft results and how they are revising our understanding of Mars.
Bell, J. “Uncovering Mars’ Secret Past.” Sky & Telescope (July 2009): 22. How rovers and orbiters are helping us to understand Mars history and the role of water.
Bell, J. “The Red Planet’s Watery Past.” Scientific American (December 2006): 62. Rovers are furnishing proof that ancient Mars was wet.
Burnham, R. “Red Planet Rendezvous.” Astronomy (May 2006): 68. About Mariner Valley and a flyover film constructed from many still images.
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- European Space Agency Mars Express Page
- European Space Agency Venus Express Page
- High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment
- Jet Propulsion Lab Mars Exploration Page
- Mars Globe HD app
- Mars Rover 360° Panorama
- NASA Center for Mars Exploration
- NASA Solar System Exploration Mars Page
- NASA Solar System Exploration Venus Page
- NASA’s apps about Mars for phones and tablets can be found at
- NASA’s Magellan Mission to Venus
- Russian (Soviet) Venus Missions and Images
- Venus Atlas app
- Venus Express Results Article
50 Years of Mars Exploration: NASA’s summary of all missions through MAVEN; good quick overview (4:08).
Magellan Maps Venus: BBC clip with Dr. Ellen Stofan on the radar images of Venus and what they tell us (3:06).
Being a Mars Rover: What It’s Like to be an Interplanetary Explorer: 2013 talk by Dr. Lori Fenton about what it’s like on the surface of Mars (1:07:24):
Our Curiosity: Mars Curiosity rover 2-year anniversary video narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Felicia Day (6:01):
Planet Venus: The Deadliest Planet, Venus Surface and Atmosphere: Quick tour of Venus’ atmosphere and surface (2:04):
Planetary Protection and Hitchhikers in the Solar System: The Danger of Mingling Microbes: 2009 talk by Dr. Margaret Race on preventing contamination between worlds (1:28:50):