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The noise by foaming and blasting material could be compared with an oversize washing machine . Unfortunately the free view into the lava lake was mostly refused, in case of this very damp climate zone. Even in the dry time damp nebulas are coating the crater and strong thunderstorms with enormous showers suggest the stay in the tent.
Venus Express – To Venus with Love
Venus received a visitor from its sister planet Earth in the morning of April 11, 2006, when the European space probe “Venus Express” completed a five-month interplanetary cruise and swooped into orbit to begin the first comprehensive scientific survey of its sultry atmosphere. Venus arrival operations began at 2:03 a.m. EDT, when the craft began to maneuver to the precise orientation required for the orbital insertion engine firing. The process aligned the probe’s main engine with the direction of travel. During the critical burn, the spacecraft passed behind Venus and controllers lost the carrier signal from the probe for around ten minutes. Officials at ESA’s Space Operations Center (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, received confirmation of the successful completion of the 50-minute engine burn at around 4:07 a.m. EDT. The burn slowed the velocity of “Venus Express” by 15 percent. This decrease in relative speed allowed Venus’ gravity to capture the craft in what was planned to be an egg-shaped orbit. After that it had taken almost a month for “Venus Express” to reach the planned operational science orbit, which is a 24-hour polar orbit with a low point of approximately 240 kilometres and a high point of 65.980 kilometres. “Venus Express” seeks to answer key questions left from earlier exploration of the hostile planet. Its instrument package will largely focus on the thick atmosphere of Venus, which holds secrets that elude scientists since NASA’s “Magellan” radar observatory.