Venus Success

The Venus Express spacecraft has successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. This follows the unsuccessful launch of Cryosat and the power failure on the student built SSETI so must be a big relief to the folks at ESA. Venus Express was a relatively cheap mission as it reuses many of the instruments developed for ESA's tremendously successful Mars Express. As the name implies, this spacecraft is headed for our sister planet of Venus and will arrive there in April next year. Full science operations should be going by the 7th May.

Although the launch was during the middle of the night (UK time), Megan was covering the launch live. I hope she got some sleep.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Wednesday 09th Nov 2005 (08:26 UTC) | Permalink
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