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Venus Express aerobraking video

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Visualization of the Venus Express aerobraking maneuver, which will see the spacecraft orbiting Venus at an altitude of around 130 kilometers from June 18 to July 11, 2014. In the month before, the altitude will gradually be reduced from around 200 km to 130 km. If the spacecraft survives and fuel permits, the elevation of the orbit will be raised back up to approximately 450 km, allowing operations to continue for a further few months. Eventually, however, the spacecraft will plunge back into the atmosphere and the mission will end.

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Contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder. Original image data dated on or about May 16, 2014

 

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