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Old July 5th 05, 10:10 PM
Jim Oberg
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Only one space mission visited Venus in
the past 20 years, by my count (T-shirt for
corrections), but a number of probes made
Venus-fly-bys on their way elesewhere --
does anybody have a complete list? I'm doing
a pre-flight piece on Venus-Express.


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Old July 5th 05, 11:05 PM
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If you count December of 1994 as less than twenty years, then you can count
the Soviet Vega 1 and Vega 2 missions. Their primary target was Halley's
comet, but they did fly by Venus and drop off both landers and atmospheric
probes. The balloons each lasted for a couple of days, and one of the
landers made it down in working order.

Galileo did a fly by in 1989 on the way to Jupiter. I think it took some
snapshots.

Magellan was in orbit doing radar mapping from 1989 to 1994.

That's all I can think off.



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Only one space mission visited Venus in
the past 20 years, by my count (T-shirt for
corrections), but a number of probes made
Venus-fly-bys on their way elesewhere --
does anybody have a complete list? I'm doing
a pre-flight piece on Venus-Express.




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Old July 6th 05, 01:21 AM
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Don't forget Cassini on its way to Saturn flew by Venus twice- 1998
April 26, and 1999 June 24.

Messenger is due to flyby Venus twice, also, but I need to check the
dates.

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Old July 6th 05, 01:36 AM
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"Jim Oberg" wrote in message
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Only one space mission visited Venus in
the past 20 years, by my count (T-shirt for
corrections), but a number of probes made
Venus-fly-bys on their way elesewhere --
does anybody have a complete list? I'm doing
a pre-flight piece on Venus-Express.




El Rey de los Chingones wrote:
If you count December of 1994 as less than twenty years, then you can count
the Soviet Vega 1 and Vega 2 missions. Their primary target was Halley's
comet, but they did fly by Venus and drop off both landers and atmospheric
probes. The balloons each lasted for a couple of days, and one of the
landers made it down in working order.

Galileo did a fly by in 1989 on the way to Jupiter. I think it took some
snapshots.

Magellan was in orbit doing radar mapping from 1989 to 1994.

That's all I can think off.


Plus Cassini - April 26, 1998.

Out of interest, I think the next Venus encounter is Venus Express April
2006. But that's not fair, because it's a dedicated Venus mission, very
unfashionable

I think the next gravity assist is Messenger in October 2006.

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Old July 6th 05, 01:39 AM
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Just checked the Messenger site. The first flyby of Venus (after one of
Earth this August) is scheduled for 2006 Oct 24, the second is 2007
June 5.

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Old July 6th 05, 01:40 AM
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Just checked the Messenger site. The first flyby of Venus (after one of
Earth this August) is scheduled for 2006 Oct 24, the second is 2007
June 5.

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Old July 6th 05, 03:40 AM
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On Tue, 05 Jul 2005 21:10:34 GMT, "Jim Oberg"
wrote:

Only one space mission visited Venus in
the past 20 years, by my count (T-shirt for
corrections)


....Brad Guth's numbers do not count in this case, natch.

OM

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Old July 6th 05, 05:21 AM
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On Tue, 05 Jul 2005 21:40:46 -0500, OM
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On Tue, 05 Jul 2005 21:10:34 GMT, "Jim Oberg"
wrote:

Only one space mission visited Venus in
the past 20 years, by my count (T-shirt for
corrections)


...Brad Guth's numbers do not count in this case, natch.

OM



Yea, you laugh now. Just wait. When we have robbed enough orbital
velocity from Venus with all these space probes, it will fall into the
Sun.

Or maybe that's Mars. I never can keep the pictures straight.

;-)


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Old July 6th 05, 05:57 AM
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Actually, Messenger is using ITS gravity-assist to SLOW DOWN, returning
some of the velocity we've used for other probes.

Nature ALWAYS balances her books- Arthur C. Clarke

 




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