Venus Probe's Daring 'Aerobrake' Maneuver Visualized

The ESA Venus Express will dive to an orbit of 80 miles above Venus with the atmosphere-skimming maneuver. Mission controllers hope to maintain the orbit from June 18th - July 11th, 2014, and if it survives, raise the craft back to a manageable 279 mile altitude.
 

credit : ESA
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