Scientists make surprising discovery about Venus!

Final data returned from the fatal plunge revealed some fascinating facts about Venus.

Last Updated: Apr 26, 2016, 17:16 PM IST
Scientists make surprising discovery about Venus!
Image credit: ESA - C. Carreau

New Delhi: An old abandoned probe has recently revealed some surprising facts about Venus, proving our assumptions about the planet's temperature and density wrong.

Venus Express, the first Venus mission exploration of the European Space Agency (ESA), was sent to Venus back in 2005. But after studying the planet for eight years, the craft crashed into the planet's atmosphere in June 2014.

Recently, scientists revealed that final data returned from the fatal plunge found that the polar atmosphere on Venus drops to -157°C (-251°F), which is colder than any spot on Earth and about 70 degrees colder than expected.

The results are extremely exciting considering considering Venus's position as the warmest planet in the Solar System overall.