Humanity now has a spacecraft orbiting Venus.
Venus Express spacecraft
launched by the
European Space Agency in 2005 November arrived at
Venus in 2006 April.
Venus Express is now orbiting Earth's sister planet and returning pictures.
Pictured above is a false-color, time-lapse movie in
captured by the Venus Express spacecraft as it flew over
Venus' northern hemisphere in late May.
Venus Express is scheduled to orbit
Venus for three years and collect data that might help in answering
questions that include why Venus continually generates
why Venus became
so hot in the past, and if there is any current volcanic activity on
It is hoped that a better understanding of
Venus's hot and inhospitable climate will help humanity better understand
Earth's climate as well.