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ESA Venus Express Status Report No. 96

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

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19 Sep 2007 11:50 Report for Period 9 September to 15 September 2007

Routine observations took place during this reporting period.

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


MET (Day) Date DOY Main Activity
670 09/09/07 252 Routine operations
671 10/09/07 253 Routine operations
672 11/09/07 254 Routine Operations
673 12/09/07 255 Routine Operations
674 13/09/07 255 Routine Operations
675 14/09/07 257 Routine Operations
676 15/09/07 258 Routine Operations. VIRTIS H Test

At the end of the last Cebreros pass in the reporting period (DOY 258, 15:00z) Venus Express was orbiting Venus at 58.0 million km from the Earth. The one-way signal travel time was 193 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
The instrument was not operated during the reporting period.

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

VeRA
No RSI activities took place this week

VIRTIS
A further test that included the VIRTIS H cooler was performed on DOY 258. 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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