Japan’s Akatsuki Spacecraft to Make Second Attempt to Enter Orbit of Venus in December 2015

Artist's impression of the Venus Climate Orbiter (aka. “Akatsuki”) by Akihiro Ikeshita.  Image Credit: JAXA

Artist’s impression of the Venus Climate Orbiter (aka. “Akatsuki”) by Akihiro Ikeshita.
Image Credit: JAXA

Back in 2010, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) launched the The Venus Climate Orbiter “Akatsuki” with the intention of learning more about the planet’s weather and surface conditions. Unfortunately, due to engine trouble, the probe failed to make it into the planet’s orbit.

Since that time, it has remained in a heliocentric orbit, some 134 million kilometers from Venus, conducting scientific studies on the solar wind. However, JAXA has decided to make one more attempt to slip the probe into Venus’ orbit before its fuel runs out.

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