Venus Express Launch
08 November 2005 17:20This is the final entry in the Venus Express Launch Campaign journal series, which ran from July 2005 until the launch in November 2005. The journal covered the main activities during this period: from the shipment of the spacecraft to the launch site in Kazakhstan, through the final integration of the spacecraft with the launcher, to the launch of Venus Express.
The Venus Express spacecraft successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 03:33 UT on 9 November 2005 on a Soyuz-Fregat rocket. One hour twenty minutes after launch the Fregat upper stage fired for a second time to send the spacecraft on a trajectory to intercept Venus in April 2006.
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Click here for official press release.
9 Nov 06:10 UTC, MET +02h 40m
9 Nov 05:13 UTC, MET: +01h 40m
9 Nov 03:47 UTC, MET: +00h 14m
9 Nov 03:44 UTC, MET: +00h 11m
9 Nov 03:38:52 UTC, MET: +00h 05m 18s
9 Nov 03:37:48 UTC, MET: +00h 04m 14s
9 Nov 03:35:32 UTC, MET: +00h 01m 58s
9 Nov 03:33:42 UTC, MET: +00h 00m 08s
9 Nov 03:33:34 UTC Launch of Venus Express
9 Nov 03:33:14 UTC, MET: -00h 00m 20s
9 Nov 03:32:49 UTC, MET: -00h 00m 45s
9 Nov 03:31:34 UTC, MET: -00h 02m 00s
9 Nov 03:30:59 UTC, MET: -00h 02m 35s
9 Nov 03:23:00 UTC, MET: -00h 10m 00s
9 Nov 02:49 UTC, MET: -00h 44m 00s
9 Nov 02:03 UTC, MET: -01h 30m 00s
8 Nov 23:44 UTC, MET: -03h 49m 00s
8 Nov 19:05 UTC, MET: -08h 28m 00s