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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 95

Status Report From: ESA Venus Express Mission
Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2007

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11 Sep 2007 14:45 Report for Period 2 September to 8 September 2007

Routine observations took place during this reporting period.

The table below shows a chronology of the main activities in the reporting period:


MET (Day) Date DOY Main Activity
663 02/09/07 245 Routine operations
664 03/09/07 246 Routine operations
665 04/09/07 247 Routine Operations
666 05/09/07 248 Routine Operations
667 06/09/07 249 Routine Operations
668 07/09/07 250 Routine Operations
669 08/09/07 251 Routine Operations. VIRTIS H Test

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 251, 15:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 52.0 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 172 seconds.

Payload Activities

ASPERA
The instrument was operated as part of the routine plan.

MAG
The instrument was operated as part of the routine plan.

PFS
PFS pendulum blocked on request of PI on DOY 248.

SPICAV
The instrument was operated as part of the routine plan.

VeRA
No RSI activities took place this week

VIRTIS
A test that included the VIRTIS H cooler was performed on DOY 251. Otherwise only Virtis M part has been operated during this period as the failure on H cooler is still under investigation..

VMC
The instrument was operated as part of the routine plan.

Future Milestones

  • Further VIRTIS testing
  • Quadrature start 19th October.

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