Journal Article

Venus Express arrives

Andrew Coates

in Astronomy & Geophysics

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 47, issue 3, pages 3.13-3.15
Published in print June 2006 | ISSN: 1366-8781
Published online June 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-4004 | DOI:
Venus Express arrives

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Venus Express uses some hardware and ideas already in use on Mars Express and Rosetta to explore Venus, a planet with intriguing similarities to and differences from Earth. As the mission proper begins, I examine what we have learnt from other missions and what we hope to discover at Venus. Instruments on the mission will look at the thick atmosphere of Venus below its sulphuric acid clouds and how it interacts with the surface and escapes to space. They will also try to understand the runaway greenhouse effect and search for active volcanism.

Journal Article.  2177 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics ; Geophysics

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