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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Akatsuki Officially Begins Regular Science Operations!

An image of Venus that was taken by Akatsuki using the spacecraft's Longwave IR camera on March 25, 2016 (Japan Standard Time).
JAXA

Akatsuki Onboard Instruments to Move to Regular Operation‏ (Press Release - April 28)

JAXA decided to shift the operation mode of the five onboard instruments of Akatsuki to the regular operation mode, namely 1μm camera (IR1), 2μm camera (IR2), Longwave IR camera (LIR), Ultraviolet image (UVI), and Ultra-stable Oscillator (USO).

Lightning and airglow camera (LAC) continues to be in the preparation mode for its conditions to be carefully coordinated.

[Message from Project Manager Masato Nakamura]
Thanks to your support, we were able to move the four cameras and the Ultra-sable Oscillator to regular operations. Thank you very much. We continuously acquire data for the world’s leading Venus research while we are aiming at early regular operation of the LAC. Please look forward to the operation and data acquisition of the Venus climate orbiter Akatsuki.

Image (Above): Night side of Venus taken by the IR2.
The night side image shows the whole of Venus, and the image captured the most detailed Venus state. We will closely and precisely study the 3D structure and movement of the Venus atmosphere by combining data of different wavelengths from other cameras.

Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

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