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Venus Express probe in Intespace facility
- Title Venus Express probe in Intespace facility
- Released 19/04/2006 10:17 am
- Copyright ESA - J.L Atteleyn
ESA's Venus Express probe during testing in February 2005.
Venus Express, ESA's first mission to Earth's nearest planetary neighbour, Venus. It was launched from Baikonur a top a Soyuz-Fregat vehicle on 9 November 2005 and arrive around the planet on 11 April 2006. The mission is due to last for two Venusian days, i.e. about 500 Earth days.
The probe's payload comprises a combination of spectrometers, spectro-imagers and imagers covering a wavelength range from ultraviolet to thermal infrared, a plasma analyser and a magnetometer to study the atmosphere, plasma environment and surface of Venus in great detail.
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