Venus Express coverage of Venus from 26 May to 22 June 2013
This figure shows coverage of Venus by orbital tracks during the reporting period from 26 May 2013 to 22 June 2013, medium term plan (MTP) 93.
The sequence of lines to the left shows the ascending branches of the orbits. The sequence of lines to the right shows the descending branches. The purple colour indicates that the spacecraft is in darkness; 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 the pericentre locations (on left, at the top of the ascending branches) and along the bottom are the apocentre locations (on right, at the bottom of the descending branches). Yellow triangles (if present) denote start and end of solar eclipses; blue triangles (if present) denote beginning and end of Earth occultations.
A number of surface targets were accessible during this MTP. However, due to a focus on surface observations in the previous, nightside observations of nitrogen oxide were given priority in this eclipse season.