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Increasing wind speeds on Venus

Date: 18 June 2013
Satellite: Venus Express
Copyright: Data: Khatuntsev et al; background image: ESA

Long-term studies of the atmosphere of Venus by ESA's Venus Express find that the average wind speeds at low latitudes (between the equator and 50° north or south) have increased from roughly 300 km/h to 400 km/h over the first six years of the mission.

In this graph, the white line shows the data derived from manual cloud tracking, and the black line is from digital tracking methods. 

Last Update: 18 June 2013

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