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ESA Venus Express Ready For Lift Off!

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posted on Oct, 24 2005 @ 09:42 PM

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.

Space agencies do not exist for astronauts to 'experience' or have fun (not that they can't) while trying to conduct research through exploration...I think.

posted on Oct, 24 2005 @ 11:49 PM
You two, along with some others, seem to go at it on threads quite often... Enough of it, time to centralize the debate.

Who should explore space: Man or Machine?

posted on Oct, 25 2005 @ 11:46 AM

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.

Link To Full Story!

Good news...glad the delay wasnt too long...fingers crossed for a good launch!


posted on Oct, 25 2005 @ 12:14 PM
Just saw this on the BBC News Website and thought id steal it for this thread...

Mission guide : Venus Express

The European Space Agency's Venus Express mission will study the atmosphere and clouds of the planet nearest to Earth.

Scientists hope the probe will beam back the clearest-ever images of the planet and provide new insight into its atmosphere.

1. MAG: Magnetometer - measures magnetic, field strength and direction
2. Virtis: (Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer)imaging spectrometer that operates in the near ultraviolet, visible and infrared parts of the electromagnetic spectrum
3. Planetary Fourier Spectrometer - measures atmospheric temperature and concentration of known and unknown minor atmospheric constituents
4. Spicav/Soir (Spectroscopy for Investigation of Characteristics of the Atmosphere of Venus) Imaging spectrometer which detects ultraviolet and infrared radiation. Soir (Solar Occultation at Infrared) will observe the Sun through Venus's atmosphere at infrared wavelengths
5 . VMC wide angle camera which captures ultraviolet, visible and near infrared images
6. VeRa (Venus Radio science) Radio-sounding experiment which will examine the ionosphere, atmosphere and surface of Venus by means of radio waves transmitted from the spacecraft
7. Aspera (Analyser of Space Plasmas and Energetic Atoms) will study energetic neutral atoms (ENAs), ions and electrons in Venus' atmosphere.

The spacecraft shares its design and manufacturing team with the Mars Express mission. This reduced the amount of time and money required in the preparatory stages.

1. Launch from Baikonur, Russia, at 0443 UT on 26 October 2005
2. First burn of Fregat rocket booster propels probe from suborbital trajectory into a circular parking orbit
3. Second Fregat burn sends the probe into an interplanetary flight trajectory
4. Its fuel spent, Fregat detaches; spacecraft continues to Venus


posted on Nov, 9 2005 @ 09:34 AM
Venus Express is on the way

Great to see this launch was a success, after the failure of the cryosat launch. At the moment everything looks good, first contact with the probe was established without any problems. Hopefully the probe will answer some of the scientists questions.

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.

from :

launch & mission control video :

posted on Nov, 30 2005 @ 04:31 PM

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.

Link To Full Story!


posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 06:55 AM
Venus express should be a good mission and with luck could lead to a whole fleet of 'express' probes, can't wait for jupiter express and saturn express to come along.

The problem is that the ESA for all the good work it does only has a total buget of £2billion pa. this is an 8th that of Nasa. The europe was willing to up this even by a couple of billion a year imagine what might be possible.

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)

posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 08:19 AM

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)

Just found this...

Originally From
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.

Link To Full Story!

Doent look like the ESA will be joining the Russians after all.

Maybe its for the best though, as i also believe that Russia would have controlled most of the project leaving the ESA and Japan as minor partners in the project!


posted on Dec, 7 2005 @ 05:38 AM
ok, they canceled it the same day i wrote the post, how unlucky is that!

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