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Venus Express Goes Gently Into the Night

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Venus Express aerobraking

Visualisation of the Venus Express aerobraking manoeuvre.

Credit: European Space Agency

ESA's Venus Express has ended its eight-year mission after far exceeding its planned life. The spacecraft exhausted its propellant during a series of thruster burns to raise its orbit following the low-altitude aerobraking earlier this year.

From European Space Agency
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