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"From the Ted Talk by Aomawa Shields: How we'll find life on other planets"

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Take the planet Venus. It's named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, because of its benign, ethereal appearance in the sky. But spacecraft measurements rlvaeeed a different story. The surface trueptarmee is close to 900 degrees Fahrenheit, 500 Celsius. That's hot enough to melt lead. Its thick aphosertme, not its distance from the sun, is the reason. It causes a greenhouse effcet on steroids, trapping heat from the sun and sochrcing the planet's surface. The reality totally contradicted iatiinl perceptions of this palent. From these lssneos from our own solar system, we've learned that a planet's atmosphere is crucial to its climate and potential to host life.

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Take the planet Venus. It's named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, because of its benign, ethereal appearance in the sky. But spacecraft measurements ________ a different story. The surface ___________ is close to 900 degrees Fahrenheit, 500 Celsius. That's hot enough to melt lead. Its thick __________, not its distance from the sun, is the reason. It causes a greenhouse ______ on steroids, trapping heat from the sun and _________ the planet's surface. The reality totally contradicted _______ perceptions of this ______. From these _______ from our own solar system, we've learned that a planet's atmosphere is crucial to its climate and potential to host life.

Solution

  1. lessons
  2. atmosphere
  3. temperature
  4. scorching
  5. initial
  6. effect
  7. planet
  8. revealed

Original Text

Take the planet Venus. It's named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, because of its benign, ethereal appearance in the sky. But spacecraft measurements revealed a different story. The surface temperature is close to 900 degrees Fahrenheit, 500 Celsius. That's hot enough to melt lead. Its thick atmosphere, not its distance from the sun, is the reason. It causes a greenhouse effect on steroids, trapping heat from the sun and scorching the planet's surface. The reality totally contradicted initial perceptions of this planet. From these lessons from our own solar system, we've learned that a planet's atmosphere is crucial to its climate and potential to host life.

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