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Dec 17 2014
16:00 UTC

Morning Star, We Hardly Knew Ya: Venus Express' Best Discoveries In 8 Years

Venus Express is mostly dead. The spacecraft spent more than eight years faithfully relaying information from the Morning Star/Evening Star planet, but it's now out of fuel, out of control and within weeks of burning up in the atmosphere. While we mourn the end of the productive mission, the European Space Agency spacecraft showed us […]

Posted by Universe Today

Dec 17 2014
05:14 UTC

It’s Time to Say Bon Voyage to Venus Express

Launched in 2005, the European Space Agency's Venus Express successfully entered orbit around our cloud-shrouded neighboring world. Now, after more than eight and a half years of scientific observations Venus Express has run out of fuel and will soon go gentle into that good night — that is if by “going gentle” you mean death-diving […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Dec 16 2014
18:52 UTC

Venus Express Out Of Gas; Mission Concludes, Spacecraft On Death Watch

After surviving an eight-year mission and a daring plunge into part of the atmosphere of Venus, a plucky spacecraft orbiting the hothouse planet is finished its mission, the European Space Agency declared. Venus Express can no longer communicate consistently with Earth. The spacecraft itself will fall into the atmosphere and likely be destroyed in the […]

Posted by Universe Today

Dec 05 2014
15:06 UTC

Venus Express May Be Out Of Fuel After Death-Duelling Maneuvers

After more than eight years orbiting a hellish planet, Venus Express is showing its age. The spacecraft made some risky maneuvers this summer, dipping down into the atmosphere as it nears the end of its mission. Now, the European Space Agency reports it has mostly lost contact with the probe. The reason could be lack […]

Posted by Universe Today

Dec 04 2014
16:57 UTC

Earth May Have Lost Some Primoridial Atmosphere to Meteors

During the Hadean Eon, some 4. 5 billion years ago, the world was a much different place than it is today. As the name Hades would suggest (Greek for “underworld”), it was a hellish period for Earth, marked by intense volcanism and intense meteoric impacts. It was also during this time that outgassing and volcanic activity […]

Posted by Universe Today

Nov 27 2014
15:00 UTC

Venus Express Spacecraft, Low On Fuel, Does Delicate Dance Above Doom Below

It's been an interesting year for Venus Express. A few months ago, controllers deliberately dipped the spacecraft into the atmosphere of the planet — for science purposes, of course. The daring maneuver was approved because the spacecraft is near the end of its mission. It's nearly out of fuel and will fall into Venus — […]

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