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Saturday, August 08, 2015

Akatsuki Update: Less Than Four Months from (Another) Venus Arrival...

An artist's concept of the Akatsuki spacecraft orbiting Venus.
JAXA

Akatsuki: Orbit successfully controlled‏ (Press Release - August 5)

JAXA performed an orbit control maneuver for the Venus Climate Orbiter Akatsuki in late July in preparation for its re-injection into the Venus orbit scheduled for December 7, 2015. According to the analysis of telemetry data acquired up to August 2, the orbit control and correction was successfully conducted as scheduled by 5:30 PM on August 4. (All dates and time are Japan Standard Time.)

Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

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