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Thursday, April 6

Venus Express arrives next week


European Space Agency's Venus Express is due to arrive at Venus and enter orbit next week. On Wednesday 11th April, the probe will fire it's main engine for 51 minutes to slow it down, allowing it to be captured by Venus' gravity.

This will be the first orbiter at Venus for many years, and promises to provide us with plenty of new images and information. For more details of the timeline for Venus orbit insertion see the Planetary Society website here.

In conjunction with the arrival, Open University and BBC are running a special Stardate Mysteries of Venus programme on 12th April. For details see the Stardate page.

IMAGE: ESA

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