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Venus Express Goes Gently Into The Night

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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

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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

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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

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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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Deciphering the Atmospheric Waves of Venus

Deciphering the Atmospheric Waves of Venus

The atmospheric waves of Venus, key to understanding the superrotation of its atmosphere, have been deciphered. Venus' atmosphere rotates up to sixty times faster than its surface, a phenomenon known as superrotation whose origin has yet to be satisfactorily explained.


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Venus Express to Daringly Plunge into Venus's Atmosphere

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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.


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Venus Express Prepares For a Destructive Mission End

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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.


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Rainbow-Like Feature on Venus

Rainbow-Like Feature on Venus

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.


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Space Weather Explosions at Venus

Space Weather Explosions at Venus

Researchers recently discovered that a common space weather phenomenon on the outskirts of Earth's magnetic bubble, the magnetosphere, has much larger repercussions for Venus.


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Mountains on Venus Create Wave Trains

Mountains on Venus Create Wave Trains

The planet Venus is blanketed by high-level clouds.


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Venus Express Report 261 For the Period 26 May to 22 June 2013

Venus Express Report 261 For the Period 26 May to 22 June 2013

This reporting period covers four weeks of Venus Express operations. It includes continuation of the twenty-fourth eclipse season and the fifteenth Earth occultation season, implementation of the automation of spacecraft passes at the Mission Operations Centre, thermal fuel gauging tests, and handling of a spacecraft event time anomaly.


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Venus Express Update

Venus Express Update

The European Space Agency has released its periodic report on the research being conducted the Venus Express orbiter. This one includes the end of the twenty-third eclipse season, end of the fourteenth Earth occultation season and continuation of the surface imaging campaign.


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Venus As Seen From Saturn by Cassini

Venus As Seen From Saturn by Cassini

Peering over the shoulder of giant Saturn, through its rings, and across interplanetary space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies the bright, cloudy terrestrial planet, Venus. The vast distance from Saturn means that Venus only shows up as a white dot, just above and to the right of the image center.


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When a Planet Behaves Like a Comet

When a Planet Behaves Like a Comet

ESA's Venus Express has made unique observations of Venus during a period of reduced solar wind pressure, discovering that the planet's ionosphere balloons out like a comet's tail on its nightside.



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