Venus Express coverage of Venus (06 January 2013 until 02 February 2013)
This figure shows coverage of Venus by orbital tracks during the reporting period from 6 January until 2 February 2013 (medium term plan (MTP) 88). The sequence of lines to the left shows the ascending branches of the orbits and the purple colour indicates that the spacecraft is in darkness. The sequence of lines to the right shows the descending branches, and the yellow colour indicates that the spacecraft is in sunlight. The position of the terminator - the dividing line between the day and night sides of the planet - corresponds to the last orbit of this MTP. Purple triangles along the top are pericentre locations (on left, at the top of the ascending branches) and those along the bottom are apocentre locations (on right, at the bottom of the descending branches). Yellow triangles denote start and end of solar eclipses; blue triangles denote beginning and end of Earth occultations.
The surface targets included Gula Mons (21.9°N, 359°E) and Sif Mons (22°N, 352°E) in the Western Eistla Regio highland, suspected to be surface manifestations of mantle upwelling (also known as volcanic hotspots).