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

Artist's impression of Venus Express entering orbit in 2006. Credit: ESA - AOES Medialab

Artist’s impression of Venus Express entering orbit in 2006. Credit: ESA – AOES Medialab

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 a lot about the planet that we once considered a twin to Earth. Some of the surprises, as you can see below, including a possibly slowing-down rotation, and the realization that volcanoes may still be active on the hellish planet.

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