Venus Express goes gently into the night

December 17, 2014 8:24 PM

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Venus Express goes gently into the night

During its eight-year mission, the spacecraft provided a comprehensive study of the planet’s ionosphere and atmosphere and enabled scientists to draw important conclusions about its surface.

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Venus Express has ended its eight-year mission after far exceeding its planned life. The spacecraft exhausted its propellant during a series of thruster burns to raise its orbit following the low-altitude aerobraking earlier this year.

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