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Originally posted by Murcielago
Originally posted by Frosty
Venus has the hottest surface temperature of any planet in our solar system.
Does the ESA run any manned missions with Russia? I think it would be great if they could stay away from manned missions unlike other space agencies. Robotic exploration is remarkable.
You just dont get it...and I dont think you ever will.
The whole point a (robotic) space exploration is for us to venture out there, we send landers and satellites through-out our solar system to learn about it, before we go and experience it.
No different then looking before you walk.
Originally From BBC News
Europe's first mission to Venus should be ready for lift-off by the end of the week, officials have confirmed.
Wednesday's planned launch was delayed when contamination was found inside the Russian made rocket.
Inspections show the spacecraft is in good condition and should be cleaned up within days, the European Space Agency (Esa) said.
A new launch date has yet to be set for the probe, which will blast off aboard a Russian rocket from Baikonur.
Contact with Venus Express was established by ESA's European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) at Darmstadt, Germany approximately two hours after lift-off. The spacecraft has correctly oriented itself in relation to the sun and has deployed its solar arrays.
All on-board systems are operating perfectly and the orbiter is communicating with the Earth via its low-gain antenna. In three days' time, it will establish communications using its high-gain antenna.
Originally From BBC News
Europe's first space mission to Venus has made observations of the Earth, two weeks after lift-off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan.
Images taken by one of the instruments onboard Venus Express show the Earth illuminated by the Sun, and the Moon.
Ground controllers are checking out the spacecraft's payload ahead of its arrival at Venus next year.
The spacecraft will study the planet's hostile atmosphere, which has experienced runaway greenhouse warming.
The images were taken by the VIRTIS Ultraviolet/Visible/Near-Infrared mapping spectrometer on 23 November, when the space craft was 3.5 million km (2.2 million miles) away from the Earth.
Originally posted by paperplane_uk
The ESA may also be working with russia to develop the Klipper capsule as a replacement for soyuz. This would at last give europe independant access to space (last i heard they were planning on designing it so it would fit on both the ariane 5's or the russian rockets)
Originally From Space.com
European governments tentatively have declined to take a role in Russia’s Clipper manned space vehicle project, saying Europe would not have control over the program and would be limited to being a small industrial contributor, according to European government officials.
Russia has proposed that ESA and Japan join Clipper as an alternative to NASA’s Crew Exploration Vehicle. Japanese officials have said they are evaluating the idea and that they would be more likely to join the Russian program if Europe did.