Venus mountains create wave trains 13 January 2014 The planet Venus is blanketed by high-level clouds. At visible wavelengths, individual cloud features are difficult to see, but observations made by instruments on ESA's Venus Express orbiter have revealed many small-scale wave trains. Analysis shows that the waves are mostly found at high northern latitudes, particularly above Ishtar Terra, a continent-sized region that includes the highest mountains on the planet. Read more
Venus Express is a satellite optimised for studying the atmosphere of Venus, from the surface right up to the ionosphere. It has been successfully operating in orbit around Venus since April 2006.
ESA science missions continue in overtime 20 June 2013 ESA has extended the productive lives of 10 of its operating space science missions. This decision secures funding for ESA's world-class science missions until at least the end of 2014, and provides a framework for planning until end of 2016. Read more
Super-hurricane-force winds on Venus are getting stronger 18 June 2013 As the closest planet to Earth, Venus is a relatively easy object to observe. However, many mysteries remain, not least the super-rotation of Venus' atmosphere, which enables high altitude winds to circle the planet in only four days. Now images of cloud features sent back by ESA's Venus Express orbiter have revealed that these remarkably rapid winds are becoming even faster. Read more
Latest Status Reports
No. 263 - Completion of the twelfth Atmospheric Drag Experiment campaign, end of the fifteenth Earth occultation season, and start of the first sulphur dioxide campaign 06 March 2014 Report for the period 21 July to 17 August 2013. This reporting period covers four weeks of Venus Express operations. It includes the completion of the twelfth Atmospheric Drag Experiment campaign and the fifteenth Earth occultation season, and the start of the first sulphur dioxide campaign. Read more
No. 262 - Continuation of Earth occultation season, end of solar eclipse season, start of Atmospheric Drag Experiment campaign, and special operations due to extensive ground station maintenance 13 November 2013 Report for the period 23 June to 20 July 2013. This reporting period covers four weeks of Venus Express operations. It includes the continuation of the fifteenth Earth occultation season, end of the twenty-fourth solar eclipse season, the start of the twelfth Atmospheric Drag Experiment campaign, and special operational requirements due to extensive annual ground station maintenance. Read more
No. 261 - Continuation of the fifteenth Earth occultation season and the twenty-fourth solar eclipse season, implementation of automation of spacecraft passes and some non-routine operations 04 October 2013 Report for the period 26 May to 22 June 2013. This reporting period covers four weeks of Venus Express operations. It includes continuation of the twenty-fourth eclipse season and the fifteenth Earth occultation season, implementation of the automation of spacecraft passes at the Mission Operations Centre, thermal fuel gauging tests, and handling of a spacecraft event time anomaly. Read more