Venus Express Status Report - November 2007
An anomaly has been reported for the VIRTIS-H and later also VIRTIS–M cryo-cooler motor current. Some dedicated tests were performed and it was decided to introduce a new operational mode for these coolers, which will induce less stress on the engine. In the mean time all VIRTIS-H (and later also all VIRTIS-M) observations had to be cancelled. In future it is intended that the VIRTIS observations focus on the most important science goals to minimize the load on the coolers.
Pending an updated delivery of the SPICAV and MAG data the peer review process of the initial Venus Express science data products will be initiated. The first data sets are expected to be released to the wide scientific community in January 2008.