View Full Version : Venus Express Looks Right Down to the Surface

2006-Dec-14, 05:58 PM
Looking down through Venus' thick cloud cover isn't easy work. That's why ESA's Venus Express was equipped with the Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (VIRTIS) instrument. It allows the spacecraft to see infrared spectral windows that appear in the planet's atmosphere. These allow heat radiated by the hot rocks on Venus' surface to reach space, and Venus Express' instruments. The VIRTIS team hopes to eventually use this technique to see mysterious hot spots on the surface of Venus that could be active volcanoes.

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