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This is an artist's impression of Venus Express orbiting Venus.
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Artist's impression of Venus Express in orbit
Artist's impression of the ESA spacecraft Venus Express in orbit around Venus, launch date 26 October 2005.
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Cutaway diagram showing size and location of instruments
A cutaway diagram showing size and locations of Venus Express instruments: MAG, VIRTIS, PFS, SPICAM/SOIR, VMC, VeRa and ASPERA.
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Credits: ESA-S. CORVAJA
Venus Express ready for shipping to Baikonur
ESA's Venus Express, being packed ready to leave INTESPACE, Toulouse, for its launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It is shown with high-gain antenna wrapped and solar arrays folded.
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Mariner 10 image of Venus cloud tops
This image of Venus is a mosaic of several images acquired by the NASA Mariner 10 spacecraft in 1974. It shows the thick cloud coverage that prevents optical observation of the surface of Venus. Only through radar mapping is the surface revealed.