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Tuesday, April 18

First views of Venus south pole

Venus Express has returned its first images of Venus. This image shows the south polar region of Venus, which has never been imaged before. These images are a composite of images taken in different light wavelengths. The main feature visible is a large vortex in the thick atmosphere above the pole.

Astronomers expected to see this vortex, as there is a similar one above the north polar region. The artist's impression below, shows what a close up of these 'storms' might look like. We should see more details as the first images were taken from over 200,000 km, when in its final orbit it will be as close as 250 km.

Image Credits: ESA

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