Latest Venus Express Stories
The spacecraft is MESSENGER, and the planet is Venus. On June 5, 2007, MESSENGER will fly past Venus just 338 km above the planet's surface--and it will shoot a laser into the clouds.
On June 6 this year, scientists all around the world will be watching with eager eyes as not one but two spacecraft observe Venus simultaneously.
An exciting new series of videos from ESAâ€™s Venus Express has been capturing atmospheric details of day and night areas simultaneously, at different altitudes.
Flight Control Teams for Mars Express and Venus Express now work side-by-side for key aspects of their routine activities. The close cooperation supports team spirit, cross-training and improved efficiency.
One year has passed since April 11, 2006, when Venus Express, Europeâ€™s first mission to Venus and the only spacecraft now in orbit around the planet, reached its destination.
New images and data from ESAâ€™s mission to Venus provide new insights into the turbulent and noxious atmosphere of Earthâ€™s sister planet. What causes violent winds and turbulences? Is the surface topography playing a role in the complex global dynamics of the atmosphere? Venus Express is on the case.
ESA's Mars Express and Venus Express missions, to explore our nearest neighbour planets Mars and Venus respectively, will continue to operate until early-May 2009.
BepiColombo, ESA's mission to explore planet Mercury, has been definitively 'adopted' by the Agencyâ€™s Science Programme Committee (SPC) last Friday. The mission will now start its industrial implementation phase, to prepare for launch in August 2013.
Engineers have started final preparations for the critical, 150 mile Mars swingby on February 25th. ESA mission controllers have confirmed Rosetta is on track for the delicate operation, which includes an eclipse, a signal blackout, precise navigation and complex ground tracking.
A unique way to travel to the Moon, new technologies successfully tested and brand-new science: a few months after the end of the SMART-1 mission scientists and engineers gathered to recap on these and all the other achievements of the first European mission to the Moon.