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The Venusian cloud system
- Title The Venusian cloud system
- Released 07/04/2006 1:47 pm
- Copyright NASA/ESA
These two images, respectively taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in ultraviolet and by the NASA Galileo mission in infrared, show the complex cloud system on Venus. At the cloud top, the atmosphere rotates at a formidable velocity, with wind speeds of up to 360 kilometres per hour. Venus Express is designed to study the cloud system and what mechanisms cause this 'zonal super-rotation'.