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Unexpected detail in first-ever Venus south pole images

European Space Agency, Sun April 16, 2006 [PRESS RELEASE]
Paris - ESA's Venus Express has returned the first-ever images of the hothouse planet’s south pole from a distance of 206 452 kilometres, showing surprisingly clear structures and unexpected detail. The images were taken 12 April during the spacecraft’s initial capture orbit after successful arrival on 11 April 2006.

Mars Express discovers aurorae on Mars

European Space Agency, Sat June 11, 2005 [PRESS RELEASE]
Paris, France - ESA's Mars Express spacecraft has for the first time ever detected an aurora on Mars. This aurora is of a type never previously observed in the Solar System.

Envisat making sharpest ever global Earth map

European Space Agency, Tue May 10, 2005 [PRESS RELEASE]
Paris, France - The most detailed portrait ever of the Earth's land surface is being created with ESA's Envisat environmental satellite.

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