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Mission

Kind: Venus orbiter

State: Successful

Place: Venus

Operator: European Space Agency

Date

Start:

Duration: Planned: 2 years Final: 9 years, 2 months, 9 days

Mission Ending

Disposal: Deorbited

Last Contact: 18 January 2015, 15:01:55 (2015-01-18UTC15:01:56) UTC

Rocket

Rocket: Soyuz-FG/Fregat

Kind: European Space Agency

Manufacturer: EADS Astrium

Mass: 1,270 kg (2,800 lb)

Launch Site: Baikonur 31/6

Flyby

"Requesting permission for flyby." Maverick - Top Gun

Orbit

Reference System: Cytherocentric

1º Orbit: Venus

Lander

"The journey, not the arrival, matters; the voyage, not the landing." - Paul Theroux



Venus Express (VEX) was the first Venus exploration mission of the European Space Agency (ESA). Launched in November 2005, it arrived at Venus in April 2006 and began continuously sending back science data from its polar orbit around Venus. Equipped with seven scientific instruments, the main objective of the mission was the long term observation of the Venusian atmosphere. The observation over such long periods of time had never been done in previous missions to Venus, and was key to a better understanding of the atmospheric dynamics. It was hoped that[needs update] such studies can contribute to an understanding of atmospheric dynamics in general, while also contributing to an understanding of climate change on Earth. ESA concluded the mission in December 2014.

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