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VIRTIS, a Space Instrument

VIRTIS is a scientific instrument that flies in space on the Rosetta and Venus Express space missions from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Dawn mission from NASA.

The story of how such instruments are conceived and built is hardly ever told. This film provides with an unique glimpse behind the scenes.

[Lightcurve Films for Italian Institute for Astrophysics, Italian Space Agency, LESIA / Observatory of Paris; 29:36 min.;  July 2010]

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(Italian version)

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