Venus Express reappears from behind Venus

Artist's impression of Venus Express orbit insertion
Venus Express orbit insertion
11 April 2006

At 09:57 CEST today, ground controllers confirmed re-acquisition of the low-gain antenna signal from the Venus Express spacecraft, after 10 minutes of spacecraft occultation behind the planet.

The re-acquisition of this signal, received about six minutes before the end of the 50-minute main engine burn, confirms that Venus Express is so far moving at the expected velocity around the planet.

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