Venus Express Preparing To Plunge Into Venus

Venus Express Preparing To Plunge Into Venus

Venus Express aerobraking node full image.jpg



The Venus Express spacecraft has been orbiting Venus for about 8 years and its fuel is beginning to run dry. Between the 18th June to the 11th July the spacecraft will take a daring mission to plunge deeper into the atmosphere of Venus. This will hopefully provide information on not only the deeper atmosphere composition but also how the spacecraft reacts in a more hostile environment. The spacecraft will need to undergo an aerobraking procedure to perform this mission. Aerobraking is a technique for achieving orbit around a planet with far less fuel required than standard methods. This mission will hopefully provide information on this difficult technique so that other planetary missions in the future can benefit from the experience.


To learn more:


http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Venus_Express/Venus_Express_gets_ready_to_take_the_plunge


Image credit:


ESA–C. Carreau

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