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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...

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2014-06-07 05:13:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Now that the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Venus Express spacecraft has completed its eight-year scientific mission and is preparing to plunge into the planet’s atmosphere, the agency has started providing regular space weather reports for an extraterrestrial world for the first time. Venus Express, which was launched in November 2005, had been orbiting the planet in an elliptical 24-hour loop and using a suite of seven...

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...

Space Weather Around Venus Is Harsher Than That Around Earth
2014-02-21 14:01:57

[ Watch the Video: What's Causing Crazy Weather On Venus? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, space weather around Venus is much harsher than what is experienced around Earth. Scientists have discovered that the space weather around Venus can have such large explosions that they are bigger than the entire planet. They also said that these giant explosions can happen multiple times per day....

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...

Venus Caught Looking Like A Comet
2013-01-30 04:35:17

[ Watch the Video: What is Venus? ] John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online At the very edges of the Earth´s atmosphere, where the Earth´s magnetic field begins, solar radiation strips electrons from the tenuous gas that is slowly leaking into space. This region, known as the ionosphere is famously responsible for allowing terrestrial radio transmissions over great distances. During World War II, for example, radio operators would...

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...

Malargüe Tracking Station Inauguration Set For Tuesday
2012-12-15 06:02:40

[ Watch the Video: From The Pampas to the Stars ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The official inauguration of a new European Space Agency (ESA) tracking station capable of monitoring missions traveling hundreds of millions of miles into our Solar System is set for Tuesday. The facility, which is located in approximately 745 miles west of Buenos Aires in the city of Malargüe, Argentina, features a nearly 115 foot diameter, 610 metric ton...

Deep Space Antenna Readies For Operation
2012-10-31 07:04:34

European Space Agency Report One of the world´s most sophisticated satellite tracking stations is nearing inauguration in Malargüe, Argentina, 1000 km west of Buenos Aires. The new station will ensure reliable communications with missions voyaging hundreds of millions of kilometers into our Solar System. ESA´s new tracking station, near the town of Malargüe in Mendoza province, joins two existing stations in Spain and Australia to provide global...


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