Earth’s ‘evil twin’ gives up its deadly secrets

A spacecraft the size of a garden shed arrived above the planet Venus yesterday, to the obvious delight of European Space Agency scientists and engineers. The reappearance at 9.08am of a temporarily interrupted green line on a computer screen was the signal for cheers, handshakes and the occasional hug at ESA’s spacecraft operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany. Venus Express will spend the next 500 days collecting information on the extreme environment of Earth’s “evil twin” that will help climate researchers improve their predictions of the effects of global warming on our atmosphere.

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