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Space and astronomy: The girl next door

Hanging bright in the morning sky, Venus's allure is obvious; but its blasted surface looks too hot to handle. Eric Hand investigates the difficulties of returning to the closest planet - and new plans to reap the rewards of doing so.

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See also News & Views, page 617 . Eric Hand writes on physical sciences in Nature's Washington DC office.

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Hand, E. Space and astronomy: The girl next door. Nature 450, 606–608 (2007).

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