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2008-07-17 08:15:00

Starting this week, spacecraft controllers have been executing a series of maneuvers to gradually bring Venus Express closer to its host planet. In its modified orbit, the spacecraft will be able to observe unexplored regions and investigate phenomena that were not within its reach before. The operational maneuvers to bring the spacecraft closer will be executed through the month of July, settling it into its new orbit by 4 August. Until now, Venus Express has occupied a highly eccentric...

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2008-05-16 12:05:00

Scientists believe El Nino may have assisted Magellan's first trip around the world nearly 500 years ago.On Nov. 28, 1520, explorer Ferdinand Magellan encountered fair weather after days of battle through the rough waters south of South America. From there, the calming effects of El Nino may have eased his passage across the Pacific Ocean, researchers speculate.An El Nino creates rising air that changes wind and weather patterns when the Equatorial Pacific become warmer than normal. The...

2008-02-22 18:00:41

Magellan Energy Ltd. (PINKSHEETS: MGLG) an independent oil and gas company, announces that work is progressing on all three Tennessee projects and that the company is anticipating revenues from its current operations for 2008. Magellan Energy Ltd. has installed a larger pump jack and a 118 engine, which is operating on natural gas, onto the Thomas L. Davidson well. During the last few weeks, logging on the adjoining leases delayed the completion of this project. With the logging now...

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2007-07-13 15:45:00

ESA's Venus Express and NASA's MESSENGER booked an appointment at Venus late in the evening of 5 June, to look at the oddities of this mysterious planet in tandem for a few hours. Just a few weeks on, scientists from both teams are ready to present a first set of images. This unique opportunity to make multi-point observations of the Venusian atmosphere was possible thanks to the MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, Geochemistry, and Ranging) swingby of Venus "“ a key step...

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2006-12-14 12:36:35

Thanks to ESA's Venus Express data, scientists obtained the first large-area temperature maps of the southern hemisphere of the inhospitable, lead-melting surface of Venus. The new data may help with searching and identifying "Ëœhot spots' on the surface, considered to be possible signs of active volcanism on the planet. The results, presented today at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) assembly in San Francisco, USA, were obtained thanks to VIRTIS, the Visible and Infrared...

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2006-03-27 16:38:48

Europe -- Venus Express mission controllers at ESA's Space Operations Centre (ESOC) are in intensive preparation for an 11 April arrival at the spacecraft's namesake destination. The critical manoeuvre will involve a deft combination of basic physics, expert spacecraft engineering and precise timing. Next month's Venus Orbit Insertion (VOI) will mark the arrival of the first ESA mission at Venus, one of the Solar System's most enigmatic planets. Orbit insertion comprises a series of...

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2005-11-08 10:10:00

BERLIN - Scientists were counting down Tuesday for the blast off of a Russian booster rocket carrying a European-built probe aimed at exploring the hot, dense atmosphere around Venus. The launch of the European Space Agency's Venus Express probe is planned for 10:33 p.m. Tuesday EST (0333 GMT Wednesday) at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Venus Express was originally scheduled to go up on Oct. 26, but had to be postponed after checks revealed a problems with the thermal...

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2005-08-25 06:50:00

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launched on August 12, and when it arrives at Mars it will search for evidence of water in the martian atmosphere, surface, and subsurface. This orbiter also will provide detailed surveys of the planet, identifying any obstacles that could jeopardize the safety of future landers and rovers. Astrobiology Magazine -- The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launched on August 12, and now is on its seven-month journey to the Red Planet. Once there, MRO will search for...


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2012-03-24 09:33:33

Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on May 4, 1989 at 2:46 PM EDT and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on May 8 at 12:43 PM PDT. The shuttle orbited 65 times at an altitude of 184 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.8 degrees and travelled 1.7 million miles. The mission lasted 4 days, 0 hours, 56 minutes, and 27 seconds. The primary mission was the launch of the Magellan probe that would travel to and study the planet Venus, adding vastly to our store of knowledge about our...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

The Planet Venus is the second planet from the sun. It is often called the evening star or morning star and is brighter than any object in the sky except the sun and the moon. Because its orbit lies between the sun and the orbit of the earth, Venus passes through phases like those of the moon, varying from a large bright crescent when the planet is near inferior conjunction (nearest the earth) to a smaller silvery disk when it is at superior conjunction (farthest from the earth). Since...

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