A recent analysis of data obtained by the European Space Agency's Venus Express indicates relatively recent lava flow on the planet’s surface. Scientists at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory were able to identify different compositions in surface materials as well as evaluate the European orbiter’s findings of three young active volcanoes that geologically resemble the Earth’s Hawaiian Islands.
Research lead Dr. Suzanne E. Smrekar stated in the team’s report, "We estimate the flows to be younger than 2.5 million years，and probably much younger, likely 250,000 years or less, indicating that Venus is actively resurfacing." The report went on to say, "Venus appears to be a geologically active planet, with hot spots as important centers of heat loss，volcanism, and atmospheric (water) and (sulfur dioxide)." These eruptions not only explain why the planet does not have craters, they also imply that
the interior core of Venus is similar to that of our Earth.
Dr. Smrekar, fellow Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists and European Space Agency， we appreciate your collaborative work in bringing this fascinating information about our planetary neighbor.
May such insights aid us in acting wisely to preserve our planetary abode. During an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand, Supreme Master Ching Hai reminded that our knowledge of Venus may reveal ways to be better stewards of the Earth.