Venus Express May Be Out Of Fuel After Death-Duelling Maneuvers

Artist's concept of Venus Express. Credit: ESA

Artist’s concept of Venus Express. Credit: ESA

After more than eight years orbiting a hellish planet, Venus Express is showing its age. The spacecraft made some risky maneuvers this summer, dipping down into the atmosphere as it nears the end of its mission. Now, the European Space Agency reports it has mostly lost contact with the probe. The reason could be lack of fuel.

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