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2014-07-30 03:00:26

ESA 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. The orbit-raising followed a month of aerobraking that saw the spacecraft surf in and out of the atmosphere at altitudes typically between 131 km and 135 km for a couple of minutes on each of its closest approaches to the planet. Before, normal operations involved an elliptical orbit...

ESA's Venus Express Probe Is On The Rise One Final Time
2014-07-14 14:35:17

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The planet Venus has often been referred to as Earth’s Twin, or Earth’s Sister, because in many ways it bears a striking similarity to the world we call home. But while it is roughly the same size, similar mass, possesses a magnetic field, and maintains an atmosphere, there are also some very important differences. Perhaps the most significant departure is the exact nature of Venus’s atmosphere. Surrounding our...

Venus Express Preparing To Take The Plunge
2014-05-16 03:55:38

[ Watch the Video: ESA’s Venus Express Aerobraking Maneuver ] ESA 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 Express was launched on a Soyuz–Fregat from the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 9 November 2005, and arrived at Venus on 11 April 2006. It has been orbiting Venus in an elliptical 24-hour loop that takes it from a distant 66...

Venus Cloud Waves
2014-01-14 10:18:36

[ Watch the Video: Catching Some Venus Waves ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Planetary scientists have known that the atmosphere on Venus acts more like a river or ocean than Earth’s atmosphere and a new study based on data from the European Space Agency (ESA) has found that the physical features of Venus’ surface play a role in the circulation of this atmosphere. The new study focused on Venus’ lower atmosphere, which is capped by a dense cloud layer that...

NASA Vespr Rocket To Study Venus Atmosphere
2013-11-26 11:12:52

[ Watch the Video: NASA Sounding Rocket To Have A Look At Venus ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A NASA rocket being sent up to study the atmosphere of Venus is slated for launch on Monday; just seven days after the space agency launched a probe to study the Martian atmosphere. While the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the Venus Spectral Rocket (VeSpR) lifted off from White...

Europe-Sized Storm On Venus Monitored By Astronomers Via ESA Spacecraft
2013-03-25 12:47:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers writing in the journal Nature Geoscience say they have been closely monitoring the movement of a huge whirlwind the size of Europe on Venus. Researchers from Universidad del Pais Vasco (UPV) used an instrument on board the European Space Agency's (ESA) Venus Express spacecraft to monitor the evolution of the south pole vortex. The team monitored the movement of the vortex on two separate main cloud levels in Venus'...

New Video Of Venus Released By ESA
2013-01-21 13:53:47

[Watch the Video: A Day in the Life of Venus Express] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a video of a day in the life of the Venus Express, the spacecraft currently orbiting the second planet from the Sun. The video begins with a view 41,000 miles above Venus´ south pole, looking down at its southern polar vortex. "From this bird´s-eye view, half of the planet is in darkness, the ℠terminator´ marking...

Sulphur Dioxide Detected On Venus Points To Active Volcanoes
2012-12-03 08:16:38

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has been observing Earth´s sister planet for six years with its polar orbiter Venus Express. During its visit of the second planet from the sun, the orbiter has shown huge changes in sulphur dioxide content in the planet´s atmosphere, leading experts to believe volcanic activity has been increasing on the surface of Venus. ESA officials explain that Venus´s thick atmosphere contains...

Venus Clouds Analyzed By Venus Express
2012-10-08 11:44:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An image released by the European Space Agency shows how not-alike Earth's twin planet really is. The Venus Express spacecraft snapped an image last December showing off clouds on Venus, and how they wrap the planet and its entirety. The spacecraft took the image 18,600 miles above the surface of Venus, showing the planet's 12 mile-thick carbon dioxide and sulphuric dioxide haze. The ultraviolet light image taken by Venus Express...

MESSENGER Marks 8th Anniversary Since Launch
2012-08-06 09:33:40

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Eight years ago this month, in 2004, the MESSENGER space probe was launched on a six-and-a-half year, 4.9-billion mile journey to be the first spacecraft to orbit the planet Mercury. The leisurely cruise included 15 trips around the Sun, a flyby of Earth, two flybys of Venus, and three flybys of Mercury. During its gravity assist swing-by of Earth, on August 2, 2005, Messenger´s cameras captured several hundred images of our...


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2004-10-19 04:45:40

The Planet Venus is the second planet from the sun. It is often called the evening star or morning star and is brighter than any object in the sky except the sun and the moon. Because its orbit lies between the sun and the orbit of the earth, Venus passes through phases like those of the moon, varying from a large bright crescent when the planet is near inferior conjunction (nearest the earth) to a smaller silvery disk when it is at superior conjunction (farthest from the earth). Since...

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