Venus Express

Venus Express Survives Close Encounter With Hellish Atmosphere

by Elizabeth Howell July 29, 2014

It was a daring maneuver, but the plan to put Venus Express lower in the planet’s thick atmosphere has worked. For the past month, the European Space Agency steered the long-running spacecraft to altitudes as low as 81 miles (131 kilometers) for a couple of minutes at a time. Now the spacecraft has been steered […]

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How Do You Make A Space Weather Forecast For Venus?

by Elizabeth Howell June 9, 2014

Here’s another marvel of technology: there are people on Earth who are formulating solar weather forecasts … for Venus. While that sounds counterintuitive — isn’t the sun far away from that planet? — it actually does have a big effect on the planet’s atmosphere. And with Venus Express taking the plunge into the planet’s atmosphere, […]

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Venus Express Prepares to Descend into Hell

by Elizabeth Howell May 16, 2014

Venus is definitely not a friendly planet for humanity. Soviet landers that arrived on the surface a few decades back were crushed pretty quickly. Its surface temperature is more than 842 degrees Fahrenheit (450 degrees Celsius) and the atmosphere is full of noxious gases. But descending into this pressure-filled cooker is exactly what Venus Express […]

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‘Rainbow’ on Venus Seen for First Time

by Nancy Atkinson March 11, 2014

Oh glory! A rainbow-like optical phenomenon known as a ‘glory’ has been imaged for the first time on another planet. It was seen in the atmosphere of our nearest neighbor, Venus by ESA’s Venus Express orbiter. Nancy Atkinson on Google+

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Rare Spectacular Triple Planet Conjunction Wows World! – Astrophoto Gallery

by Ken Kremer May 27, 2013

The rare astronomical coincidence of a spectacular triangular triple conjunction of 3 bright planets happening right now is certainly wowing the entire World of Earthlings! That is if our gallery of astrophotos assembled here is any indication. Right at sunset, our Solar System’s two brightest planets – Venus and Jupiter – as well as the […]

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