Russian rocket to launch European probe to explore Venus

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MOSCOW, September 16 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian Soyuz-FG carrier rocket equipped with a Fregat booster will launch Europe's Venus Express interplanetary probe from the Baikonur space center on October 26, a Russian space agency official said Friday.

Venus Express will be the European Space Agency's first mission to explore Earth's sister planet.

Konstantin Kreidenko, a representative of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos), said the Baikonur launch site, rented by Russia from Kazakhstan, was being prepared.

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