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Sunday, December 06, 2015

(It Took 5 Extra Years, But...) Welcome To Venus, Akatsuki!

An artist's concept of the Akatsuki spacecraft firing its thrusters as it enters orbit around Venus.
Go Miyazaki

Venus Climate Orbiter Akatsuki: Result of Attitude Control Engine Thrust Operation for Venus Orbit Insertion (Press Release)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) performed the attitude control engine thrust operation of the Venus Climate Orbiter Akatsuki for its Venus orbit insertion from 8:51 a.m. on December 7 (Japan Standard Time).

As a result of analyzing data transmitted from the orbiter, we confirmed that the thrust emission of the attitude control engine was conducted for about 20 minutes as scheduled.

The orbiter is now in good health. We are currently measuring and calculating its orbit after the operation. It will take a few days to estimate the orbit, thus we will announce the operation result once it is determined.

Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

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A screenshot from a simulation depicting the Akatsuki spacecraft entering orbit around Venus.
Real-time simulation courtesy of Lizard-Tail.com

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