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The Russian Space Agency has confirmed November 9 as the new launch date for the Venus Express
The Russian Space Agency has confirmed November 9 as the new launch date for the Venus Express, a European spacecraft on a mission to Venus. "The launch from the Baikonur Space Center [in Kazakhstan] is scheduled for 3:33 GMT [November 9]," Vyacheslav Davidenko, the spokesman for the agency, said Thursday. "The Russian Soyuz-Fregat carrier rocket will initially carry the spacecraft into Earth's orbit and later place it on a Venus transfer trajectory." French company Astrium built the spacecraft at the request of the European Space Agency (ESA). The Venus Express will be the ESA's first mission to Earth's closest planetary neighbor. A follow-up to the Mars Express mission, the spacecraft operates instruments that are mostly upgrades of the Mars Express platform. After a 153 day journey to Venus, the spacecraft will enter Venus' orbit in April 2006.
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