Venus Express plunging into the atmosphere

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After eight years in orbit, ESA’s Venus Express has completed routine science observations and is preparing for a daring plunge into the planet’s hostile atmosphere.

Venus Express was launched on 9 November 2005, and arrived at Venus on 11 April 2006.

It has been orbiting Venus in an elliptical 24-hour loop that takes it from a distant 66 000 km over the south pole — affording incredible global views — to an altitude of around 250 km above the surface at the north pole, close to the top of the planet’s atmosphere.

With a suite of seven instruments, the spacecraft has provided a comprehensive study of the ionosphere, atmosphere and surface of Venus.

This video includes interviews in English with Håkan Svedhem, ESA mission scientist and Patrick Martin, ESA Venus Express mission manager

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  1. After eight years in orbit, ESA's Venus Express has completed routine science observations and is preparing for a daring plunge into the planet's hostile atmosphere. We'll be talking more about this mission during our #SurfVenus  Hangout on Thursday 10 July at 3pm UTC.

    Video: http://youtu.be/EkjiF7c26mE

    #SurfVenus Hangout: https://plus.google.com/events/cp2jh8gs5t0geuq9ap0hqeujg2c

    #venusexpress   #Venus   #aerobrake   #ESAHangout  

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