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August 3 2014

Venus Express Survives Close Encounter With Hellish Atmosphere


It was a daring maneuver, but the plan to put Venus Express lower in the planetís thick atmosphere has worked. For the past month, the European Space Agency steered the long-running spacecraft to altitudes as low as 81 miles (131 kilometers) for a couple of minutes at a time.

Now the spacecraft has been steered again to safer, higher orbits.

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