Venus Express goes gently into the night16 December 2014
Venus Express goes gently into the night16 December 2014 ESA’s Venus Express has ended its eight-year mission after far exceeding its planned life. The spacecraft exhausted its propellant during a series of thruster burns to raise its orbit following the low-altitude aerobraking earlier this year.
Venus Express: up above the clouds so high28 July 2014
Venus Express: up above the clouds so high28 July 2014 ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has climbed to a new orbit following its daring aerobraking experiment, and will now resume observations of this fascinating planet for at least a few more months.
Venus Express rises again11 July 2014
Venus Express rises again11 July 2014 After a month surfing in and out of the atmosphere of Venus down to just 130 km from the planet’s surface, ESA’s Venus Express is about to embark on a 15 day climb up to the lofty heights of 460 km.
Venus Express gets ready to take the plunge16 May 2014
Venus Express gets ready to take the plunge16 May 2014 After eight years in orbit, ESA’s Venus Express has completed routine science observations and is preparing for a daring plunge into the planet’s hostile atmosphere.
Venus glory11 March 2014
Venus glory11 March 2014 A rainbow-like feature known as a ‘glory’ has been seen by ESA’s Venus Express orbiter in the atmosphere of our nearest neighbour – the first time one has been fully imaged on another planet.
The fast winds of Venus are getting faster18 June 2013
The fast winds of Venus are getting faster18 June 2013 The most detailed record of cloud motion in the atmosphere of Venus chronicled by ESA’s Venus Express has revealed that the planet’s winds have steadily been getting faster over the last six years.