Venus Express

This sequence of images was taken by the Ultraviolet/Visible/Near-Infrared spectrometer (VIRTIS) on board ESA’s Venus Express - see link below.   Credits: ESA/VIRTIS/INAF-IASF/Obs. de Paris-LESIA

This sequence of images was taken by the Ultraviolet/Visible/Near-Infrared spectrometer (VIRTIS) on board ESA’s Venus Express – see link below. Credits: ESA/VIRTIS/INAF-IASF/Obs. de Paris-LESIA

The ESA Venus Express has been orbiting our neighboring planet for eight-years and is about to come to an end with one final contribution.

The Venus Express will begin an aerobraking maneuver and enter the atmosphere of the planet. The aerobraking phase was planned for 18 June to 11 July, during which time the spacecraft will be able to sample from altitudes not accessible in orbit.

We should hear something soon.

In the mean time.

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