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2005-11-28 17:30:26

ESA -- A recent check of the VIRTIS imaging spectrometer during the Venus Express commissioning phase has allowed its first remote-sensing data to be acquired, using Earth and the Moon as a reference. After a successful in-flight checkout of the spacecraft's systems in the first ten days of flight, the ESOC operations team is now verifying the health and functioning of all the Venus Express instruments. These observations were made as part of this checkout. Of course the very large...

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2005-11-09 06:05:00

ESA -- The European spacecraft Venus Express has been successfully placed into a trajectory that will take it on its journey from Earth towards its destination of the planet Venus, which it will reach next April.A virtual twin sister of the Mars Express spacecraft which has been orbiting the Red Planet since December 2003, Venus Express is the second planet-bound probe to be launched by the European Space Agency. Venus Express will eventually manoeuvre itself into orbit around Venus in order...

2005-11-09 05:26:58

By Bernhard Winkler DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - Europe's first space probe to Venus was launched on Wednesday on a mission that aims to shed light on Earth's closest planetary neighbor and give scientists clues about global warming. From its Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, the European Space Agency said the 1.3 ton "Venus Express" probe had taken off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on board a Soyuz rocket at 0333 GMT on Wednesday -- after a two-week delay. The Venus Express will...

2005-11-09 03:50:00

DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - Europe's first space probe to Venus was launched on Wednesday, on a mission that aims to shed new light on Earth's closest planetary neighbor. From its Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, the European Space Agency said the 1.3 ton "Venus Express" probe had taken off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on board a Soyuz rocket at 0333 GMT on Wednesday, two weeks after its scheduled launch. The Venus Express will travel through space for around 163 days and once captured...

2005-10-31 14:15:28

MOSCOW -- Russian space officials Monday set a Nov. 9 blastoff for a European probe to explore Venus after its earlier launch was postponed because of a booster rocket problem. Engineers will be able to fix the flaws by that date, the Federal Space Agency said in scheduling the launch at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The European Space Agency's Venus Express probe was originally set to be launched Oct. 26 by a Soyuz-Fregat rocket, but a problem arose with thermal...

2005-10-24 07:09:20

DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - The launch of the European Space Agency's "Venus Express" spacecraft has been delayed after technicians discovered contamination in the Russian-made launcher, an ESA official said on Monday. Europe's first mission to Venus was scheduled for Wednesday but will be delayed for several days while tests are carried out on the Soyuz-Fregat launcher, a spokesman at the agency's European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt said. The tests on the covering of...

2005-10-24 07:05:00

DARMSTADT, Germany -- The launch of the European Space Agency's "Venus Express" spacecraft has been delayed after technicians discovered contamination in the Russian-made launcher, an ESA official said on Monday. Europe's first mission to Venus was scheduled for Wednesday but will be delayed for several days while tests are carried out on the Soyuz-Fregat launcher, a spokesman at the agency's European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt said. The tests on the covering of the carrier rockets...

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2005-10-21 07:15:00

ESA -- A dense curtain of mysteries surrounding Venus, the hot and hazy sister planet to Earth, awaits to be opened after the launch of Venus Express, the next planetary probe of the European Space Agency. On Wednesday, 26 October 2005, the sky over the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, will be illuminated by the blast from a Soyuz-Fregat rocket carrying this precious spacecraft aloft. The celestial motion of the planets in our Solar System has given Venus Express the window to travel to...

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2005-09-15 13:13:12

ESA -- ESA's new deep space radio antenna in Cebreros (Ávila, Spain) will be officially inaugurated on 28 September. The new 35-metre antenna is ESA's second facility devoted to communications with spacecraft on interplanetary missions or placed in very distant orbits. Cebreros' first task will be that of tracking ESA's Venus Express spacecraft, due for launch in October. Up until three years ago, for missions requiring such a facility, ESA had to rely on NASA's...

2005-09-14 06:40:28

ESA -- ESA has started a technical investigation into the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer (PFS) on board Mars Express, after a problem developed in the instrument a few months ago. Vibration effects (induced by spacecraft activities) have been suggested as a cause for the observed behaviour. However no source has yet been identified and other causes internal to the instrument cannot be fully ruled out. In order to establish the exact cause of the problem, ESA's Mars Express team is...


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