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Experiment Sheds Light on Venus's Polar Atmosphere

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Venus Express Aerobraking

Some of the final results sent back by ESA's Venus Express before it plummeted down through the planet's atmosphere have revealed it to be rippling with atmospheric waves -- and, at an average temperature of -157C, colder than anywhere on Earth.


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Japan's Akatsuki Is Orbiting Venus

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Akatsuki's View of Venus on 7 December at 12:19 am EST

The nail-biting maneuver that sent Japan's Akatsuki spacecraft into orbit around Venus this week is being celebrated by NASA scientists, eager to learn more about the atmosphere and climate of Earth's enigmatic sister planet.

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Destination: Venus

Destination: Venus

On 9 November 2005, 10 years ago today, ESA's Venus Express spacecraft left Earth and began its 153-day journey to Venus. The craft then spent eight years studying the planet in detail before the mission came to an end in December 2014.


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Studying The Atmosphere of Venus Through Transit Images

Studying The Atmosphere of Venus Through Transit Images

In this image, Venus is just beginning its journey across the face of the sun. Its atmosphere is visible as a thin, glowing border on the upper left of the planet.


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Hot Lava Flows Discovered on Venus

Hot Lava Flows Discovered on Venus

ESA's Venus Express has found the best evidence yet for active volcanism on Earth's neighbour planet.


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Small Solar Eruptions Can Have Profound Effects on Unprotected Planets

Small Solar Eruptions Can Have Profound Effects on Unprotected Planets

While no one yet knows what's needed to build a habitable planet, it's clear that the interplay between the sun and Earth is crucial for making our planet livable - a balance between a sun that provides energy and a planet that can protect itself from the harshest solar emissions.


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Unexplained Warm Layer Discovered in Venus' Atmosphere

Unexplained Warm Layer Discovered in Venus' Atmosphere

A group of Russian, European and American scientists have found a warm layer in Venus' atmosphere, the nature of which is still unknown.


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New Earth-based Radar View of Venus

New Earth-based Radar View of Venus

From earthbound optical telescopes, the surface of Venus is shrouded beneath thick clouds made mostly of carbon dioxide.


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"Y" in Venus's Atmosphere Due to Wave Distorted by Wind Video in Story

Venus is covered by a dense layer of clouds which does not display any noteworthy characteristic. However, when looked in the ultraviolet wavelength, it presents conspicuous dark structures.


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Venus Express Snaps Swirling Vortex

Venus Express Snaps Swirling Vortex

This ghostly puff of smoke is actually a mass of swirling gas and cloud at Venus' south pole, as seen by the Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (VIRTIS) aboard ESA's Venus Express spacecraft.


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Venus Express Goes Gently Into The Night

Venus Express Goes Gently Into The Night

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.


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ESA Loses Contact With Venus Express

ESA Loses Contact With Venus Express

On 28 November 2014, the flight control team at ESOC reported loss of contact with Venus Express.


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Venturing into the Upper Atmosphere of Venus

Venturing into the Upper Atmosphere of Venus

As the end of its eight-year adventure at Venus edges ever closer, ESA scientists have been taking a calculated risk with the Venus Express spacecraft in order to carry out unique observations of the planet's rarefied outer atmosphere. First results from this aerobraking campaign were reported today at the 2014 meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences in Tucson, Arizona.


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Heavy Metal Frost? A New Look at a Venusian Mystery

Heavy Metal Frost? A New Look at a Venusian Mystery

Venus is hiding something beneath its brilliant shroud of clouds: a first order mystery about the planet that researchers may be a little closer to solving because of a new re-analysis of twenty-year-old spacecraft data.


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ESA Euronews: Close Encounters With Venus

ESA Euronews: Close Encounters With Venus Video in Story

Venus is our mysterious neighbour, a strange world where the Sun rises in the west and sets in the east, and a day lasts longer than a year.


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Unravelling The Mysteries Of The Venusian Atmosphere

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Underscoring the vast differences between Earth and its neighbor Venus, new research shows a glimpse of giant holes in the electrically charged layer of the Venusian atmosphere, called the ionosphere.


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Venus Express Climbs to New Orbit

Venus Express Climbs to New Orbit Video in Story

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.



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