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Stellar occultation at Venus
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- Title Stellar occultation at Venus
- Released 11/04/2006 2:33 pm
- Copyright ESA (Image by AOES Medialab)
This is an artist's impression of Venus Express performing stellar occultation at Venus.
Venus Express is the first mission ever to apply the technique at Venus. The technique consists of looking at the Sun through the atmospheric limb. By analysing the way the sunlight is absorbed by the atmosphere, one can deduce the characteristics of the atmosphere itself.