Latest the Venus Express Stories
Venus is a planet similar in size to the Earth. Nevertheless, it is quite different in other aspects. On the one hand, it spins very slowly on its axis, taking 224 terrestrial days and, moreover, it does so in the opposite direction to that of our planet, i.e. from East to West.
Venus is a hellish place of high temperatures and crushing air pressure. The European Space Agency's Venus Express mission adds into this mix the first confirmation that the Venusian atmosphere generates its own lightning.
Europe's first space probe to Venus blasted off on Wednesday on a mission to shed light on Earth's closest planetary neighbor and give scientists clues about global warming.
By Bernhard Winkler DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - Europe's first space probe to Venus was launched on Wednesday on a mission that aims to shed light on Earth's closest planetary neighbor and give scientists clues about global warming.
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