posted on Aug, 21 2006 @ 09:40 AM
I'm just going to let the images speak for themselves. The ESA has done an amazing job with the Venus Express mission, and it's a shame that it has
not gotten as much press as it deserves.
Taken on approach with Venus, this False Color
movie was taken from the ultraviolet spectrum,
built from seperate images (See link below for better quality)
Taken at three different infared spectrums corresponding to different atmospheric heights (59, 60, and 65 KM Left to Right). This series of images
focuses on the double Vortex found a the south pole (with a twin at the north) which forms due to planetary rotation and heat differential of
Infared Imaging of Venus' night sky.
Infared imaging of Venus' Southern hemisphere, clearly showing the super vortex and difference between day and nighttime temps.
Composite of Ultraviolet (left) and Infared images of the southern hemisphere.
Another cloud-tracking in Infared.
The two images were taken at 2.3 μm (left) and 1.7 μm (right) and show a fine atmospheric structure below the Venusian cloud deck, at about 35
and 20 kilometres altitude, respectively.
Stripe-like features are visible at the bottom of the images. They could be indicative of a wave-like atmospheric motion (possibly due to tidal
forces), but their nature is still unexplained.
All information taken from ESA's Venus Express
webpage, where you can find much
more info, images, and
[edit on 21-8-2006 by TheGoodDoctorFunk]