Venus Express Status Report 245

Report for the period 4 March to 31 March 2012. Includes routine planned operations at maximum and minimum telemetry downlink data rates, the continuation of the twentieth eclipse season, and the beginning of the mission’s longest Earth occultation season. The entire reporting period fell during a quadrature season, which entails special operational requirements. A large solar flare on 7 March caused the spacecraft’s star trackers to be blinded completely for three days, during which science operations were halted.

Full report published on the ESA Science and Technology website on 17 August 2012.

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