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New analysis of images taken by ESA's Venus Express orbiter has revealed surprising details about the remarkable, shape-shifting collar of clouds that swirls around the planet's South Pole.
Published: 7 April 2011
A mysterious high-altitude layer of sulphur dioxide discovered by ESA's Venus Express has been explained. As well as telling us more about Venus, it could be sending a warning to those on Earth seeking to inject our atmosphere with sulphur droplets in an attempt to mitigate climate change.
Published: 30 November 2010
New density measurements, centred on the Northern Pole and obtained during the Venus Express Atmospheric Drag Experiment, show an unexpected inhomogeneous pattern in the atmosphere of our neighbouring planet.
Published: 7 October 2010
Researchers at laboratories in Berlin and Rome are recreating the extreme temperatures and pressures that occur in the atmosphere and near the surface of Venus, to help better interpret the spectral data from observations of this hot planet
Published: 30 July 2010
Thanks to data from Venus Express we have the best idea yet of how Venus' atmosphere works, but there is still a long way to go, delegates at this year's International Venus Conference will be told.
Published: 22 June 2010
Emissivity measurements carried out with the VIRTIS instrument aboard the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft indicate that Venus has been volcanically active in recent geological times. This is reported in the 8 April issue of Science Magazine.
Published: 8 April 2010
A recent study combining data from the VMC and the VIRTIS instruments on board Venus Express sheds light on the atmospheric conditions that are responsible for the characteristic ultraviolet features in the Venusian cloud deck
Published: 3 December 2008
The series of orbit correction manoeuvres designed to lower the pericentre altitude of the Venus Express orbit have been successfully completed, with the spacecraft reaching the lowest pericentre altitude since the start of the mission: a mere 185 km above the planet's surface.
Published: 14 October 2008
Data from the VMC, SPICAV-SOIR, VIRTIS and MAG instruments on Venus Express have been delivered to the ESA Planetary System Archive and are now freely available to interested users.
Published: 22 September 2008
The VIRTIS instrument on-board Venus Express has provided an extensive and homogeneous multi-wavelength data set for building a detailed 3D picture of winds in the cloud layers on Venus for the entire southern hemisphere
Published: 18 September 2008
The August 2008 issue of ESA's flagship magazine, the ESA Bulletin, features an article presenting some of the most important science results from Venus Express
Published: 19 August 2008
The pericentre altitude of the Venus Express orbit is being lowered by a series of manoeuvres over a nearly four-week period with the spacecraft reaching a minimum altitude of 185 km in August. This will provide new science opportunities for the mission.
Published: 15 July 2008
The VIRTIS instrument on Venus Express has made the first detection of hydroxyl in the atmosphere of Venus. The results are reported in the May 2008 issue of Astronomy & Astrophysics.
Published: 15 May 2008
The Science Programme Committee at its meeting on 23 February 2007 has unanimously approved an extension of the Venus Express mission operations, pushing back the mission end date to early-May 2009.
Published: 28 February 2007
On 7 May 2006, after a series of orbital control manoeuvres, Venus Express entered its nominal science operations orbit. Over the coming days instrument commissioning activities will continue.
Published: 9 May 2006
Scientists have released the first ever images of the Venusian south pole. Venus Express captured the images on 12 April from a distance of 200 000 km following its successful orbit insertion manoeuvre.
Published: 13 April 2006
Following a successful burn of its main engine Venus Express has entered into an eccentric orbit around Venus. Over the next 3 weeks the orbit will be gradually reduced to a final operational orbit by 7 May.
Published: 10 April 2006
This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) solicits the participation of the scientific community in the Venus Express Programme to increase further the scientific return of the selected investigations and of the mission as a whole.
Published: 1 February 2006
The investigations of Venus Express following the detection of contamination in the fairing, have so far proven the spacecraft to be in good status.
Published: 27 October 2005
During the final preparations for the launch of the Venus Express spacecraft by a Soyuz-Fregat launcher, contamination was detected inside the launcher's fairing.
Published: 21 October 2005
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