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Basking in four times the radiation its sister craft, Mars Express, receives, Venus Express is celebrating its 500th day around, and 500th orbit of, our twin planet. The clouds of Venus pictured on eight consecutive orbits Although most of the one terabit of data that has been sent back is still being written up (brace …


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  1. Quinn Fidler


    Yeah, but my broadband provider won't even provide a connection unless they can guarantee 256k downstream from the exchange a quarter mile away. I cringe at the thought of what they would charge to bring the line across 20 light-minutes. Never mind the Counterstrike latency!

  2. Ross Fleming Silver badge

    Trigger levels

    Can we hold BT to their trigger levels to get the Venus Exchange broadband-enabled? Would involve NASA/ESA sending 150 satelites out there and registering interest to get the trigger levels set. Probably cheaper if one of them just drags a really long ethernet cable behind them, letting Houston wind out the appropriate length. Or maybe a wireless router on board?

  3. barryred

    when Venus is on the other side of the sun

    They can get data back when it's on the other side of the sun???

    I would have thought ... but ... nope, I don't get how that works.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    22Kb/s - they should think themselves lucky...

    ...back when I were a lad, we had a battered tin can and half a frayed bit of string and made do with a few bits an hour... Pah, young'uns these days don't know they're born!

  5. b shubin


    in the proudest telnet tradition, when the satellite is at the furthest end of the link and only gets the 22Kbps, it should use the bandwidth to send the following:


  6. Luther Blissett

    No you can't just drag that really long ethernet cable

    If you remember someone tried dangling a very long cable off a satellite to see if it would generate electricity as it passed thru the Earth's magnetic field. It was alleged a cable imperfection caused it to break as it was being wound out. I think it more likely that as soon as it got long enough the amount of electricity induced caused it to blow like a fuse. So you are welcome to try, but please not at my expense.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Broadband from Venus

    I've been mesaging this hot Venutian chick since March.

    Your story will explain to lag time.

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