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News Archive / Tagged: Venus

  • Our SpaceFlight Insider: Venera 7’s descent into hell

    Jason RhianDecember 15th, 2014

    Although the public’s attention, in terms of space exploration, might be focused on Mars – it is not the only terrestrial world that humanity has sent spacecraft to. On this date in 1970, the former Soviet Union (now Russia) became the first nation to land a spacecraft on the hostile plains of Venus. The Venera […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Venus Express begins a journey – to hell

    Heather SmithNovember 8th, 2014

    The Venus Express spacecraft was launched atop a Soyuz-Fregat rocket on Nov. 8, 2005 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  The Fregat upper stage was fired twice. The first ignition moved Venus Express onto a sub-orbital trajectory – and started a mission that eventually see the craft in polar orbit above Venus – providing scientists with a deeper understanding […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Pioneer, mapping the surface of Venus

    Heather SmithMay 20th, 2014

    On this day in 1978, the Pioneer Venus 1 spacecraft launched from the Kennedy Space Center aboard an Atlas-Centaur rocket.

  • Choices: NASA FY 2015 budget – ISS, Russia, SLS, Commercial Crew, SOFIA

    Jason RhianMarch 5th, 2014

    A teleconference was held on March 4, 2014, with representatives from NASA who went over the various aspects of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal. During which the turmoil in the Crimea, the asteroid retrieval mission, Dennis Tito’s request for an SLS and Orion for his Inspiration Mars effort, and the end of SOFIA were all […]

  • NASA’s Deep Space Network Turns 50

    Press ReleaseDecember 21st, 2013

    NASA’s Deep Space Network, the world’s largest and most powerful communications system for “talking to” spacecraft, will reach a milestone on Dec. 24: the 50th anniversary of its official creation.