Venus Express Orbit Insertion
April 20, 2006
Artist's impression of the main engine burn during the Venus Orbit Insertion (VOI). By firing the main engine in the direction of motion - Venus Express is moving towards the left in this image - the spacecraft is slowed down and enters orbit around the planet.
Topics: Environment, Spaceflight, Spacecraft propulsion, Space exploration, Venus Express Orbit Insertion Artist, Orbit insertion, Venus Express, Gravity assist, Orbit, Observations and explorations of Venus, Venus, Planet