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The Venus Express spacecraft is scheduled for launch in October this year. As that date approaches the spacecraft is undergoing the final stages of testing.

Published: 11 January 2005
The Venus Express spacecraft has been undergoing extensive testing over the summer at the Alenia facility in Torino. The spacecraft is now ready for shipment to Toulouse to undergo environmental tests.
Published: 5 October 2004
Testing of the Venus Express spacecraft is well on its way in Alenia, Torino. Most of the spacecraft units providing power, radio-frequency, attitude control and on board data handling functions have been mounted on the structure and tested.
Published: 12 July 2004
Just two weeks after the flawless launch of Mars Express on its way towards the Red Planet, ESA and the European-Russian company Starsem reinforced their relationship with the signature of the Venus Express launch services agreement.
Published: 19 June 2003
Our planet is warming up, and experts warn that the consequences will be serious. To see precisely how the process works, scientists need as much information as possible and from many different sources. There are valuable clues out in space. ESA's missions to Venus, Mars, and Saturn's moon Titan will soon provide useful information to understand how our own planet's climate is regulated.
Published: 13 February 2003
Announcement of Opportunity for the selection of Co-Investigators for the PFS and VIRTIS experiments to be flown on the Venus Express mission.
Published: 12 December 2002
What kind of mysteries and scientific intrigue await the European Space Agency's Venus Express once it has left Earth for its nearest planetary neighbour in 2005? A closer inspection promises to reveal a planet that is hugely different from our own despite a few similarities.
Published: 27 November 2002
Yesterday, ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) gave the final go-ahead for the Venus Express mission. The SPC, which met on 4 and 5 November 2002, unanimously confirmed its strong will to bring the mission to realisation. Furthermore, the Committee endorsed and agreed on a solution to the financial issues that had still cast serious doubts on the mission.
Published: 5 November 2002
On 11 July 2002, Europe took a step closer to Venus. The ESA Science Programme Committee agreed unanimously to start work on Venus Express. Venus Express will reuse the Mars Express spacecraft design and needs to be ready for launch in 2005.
Published: 15 July 2002
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