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Since its arrival at Venus in 2006, Venus Express had been on an elliptical 24‑hour orbit, travelling 66 000 km above the south pole at its furthest point and to within 200 km over the north pole on its closest approach, conducting a detailed study of the planet and its atmosphere.
ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has climbed to a new orbit following its daring aerobraking experiment, and will now resume observations of this fascinating planet for at least a few more months.
Now that the Venus Express spacecraft has completed its eight-year scientific mission and is preparing to plunge into the planet’s atmosphere, the ESA has started providing regular space weather reports for an extraterrestrial world for the first time.
After eight years in orbit, ESA’s Venus Express has completed routine science observations and is preparing for a daring plunge into the planet’s hostile atmosphere.
NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter put itself into a precautionary standby status early Friday, June 8, Universal Time (Thursday evening, Pacific Time), when the spacecraft detected unexpected characteristics in movement of one of its reaction wheels.
The MESSENGER spacecraft continued to fine-tune its orbit around Mercury yesterday afternoon when mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md, successfully executed the second orbit-correction maneuver of the mission.
PHOENIX, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of KinetX's technical staff are advancing the state-of-the-art of mission design and navigation for deep space missions by participating in the upcoming Astrodynamics Specialist Conference (July 31-August 4, 2011) in Girdwood, Alaska, which is organized by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) Space Flight Mechanics Committee and co-sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Astrodynamics Technical Committee....
With space becoming increasingly more crowded, scientists are turning to â€œsailsâ€ to help satellites and other orbiting space objects return more rapidly to Earth.
Starting this week, spacecraft controllers have been executing a series of maneuvers to gradually bring Venus Express closer to its host planet.
NASA's newest spacecraft at Mars has completed the challenging half-year task of shaping its orbit to the nearly circular, low-altitude pattern from which it will scrutinize the planet.
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