Venus Express probe set for fiery demise after 8 years studying Earth's closest neighbor

December 17, 2014 2:15 PM

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Venus Express probe set for fiery demise after 8 years studying Earth's closest neighbor

FILE - An image provided by the European Space Agency ESA shows an artist's impression of the Venus Express as it enters an orbit around Venus, which took place on Tuesday, April 11, 2006. The unmanned spacecraft that has been studying the planet Venus for the past eight years is set to come to a fiery end in the coming weeks. The European Space Agency says Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, attempts to lift Venus Express into a higher orbit to prolong the mission into next year failed because the probe was “running on fumes.” (AP Photo/ESA-AOES Medialab) MANDATORY CREDIT: ESA-AOES Medialab (The Associated Press)

BERLIN – An unmanned spacecraft that has been studying the planet Venus for the past eight years is set to come to a fiery end in the coming weeks.

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