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Because it is located at slightly more than 67 million miles (108 million km) from the Sun, it receives almost twice the solar energy as the surface of the Earth. The Venus Express is the first mission of the European Space Agency to Venus. The scientific aims include studying in detail the atmosphere, the plasma medium, the surface of the planet, and surface-atmosphere interactions. It was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on Nov. 9, 2005. The mission will last two Venus days, some 500 terrestrial days.

Module ROBOT The robot arm grabs the module that is to be docked. September 2006 P3/P4 Truss and Solar Arrays The second port truss segment was added, and its solar panels were unfolded. June 2007 S3/S4 Truss and Solar Arrays The second starboard truss segment was added, and its solar panels were unfolded. JOINING The modules are docked using their pressurized adapters. 58 PERMANENT EXPLORATION SPACE EXPLORATION 59 Spying on the Universe S pace telescopes such as the Hubble are artificial satellites put into orbit for observing different regions of the universe.

DOOR HEAD OF THE GAMMA-RAY SENSOR THE BLUE PLANET A view of Earth from Mars as recorded by Mars Odyssey SUPPORT NEUTRON SPECTROMETER MARS ARRIVAL OCT. 24, 2001 LAUNCH APRIL 7, 2001 MARS AT TIME OF LAUNCH VIDEOCAMERAS The spacecraft Mars Odyssey reaches the orbit of Mars and begins its scientific studies. The spacecraft Mars Odyssey is launched toward Mars atop a Delta 2 rocket. THE SUN 7 MONTHS The time it took Mars Odyssey to reach its target NEUTRON ENERGY DETECTOR EARTH AT TIME OF ARRIVAL UHF ANTENNA MARS ODYSSEY EARTH MARS CURRENT LOCATION OF THE ODYSSEY MAY 2001 JUNE 2001 JULY 2001 SEPTEMBER 2001 The spacecraft tests its cameras by sending an image of the Earth at a distance of 2 million miles (3 million km).

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