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JAXA Successfully Tests Engine Of Akatsuki Venus Probe
2011-09-08 10:38:01

  Japan's space agency said that it had successfully test-fired the engine of its "Akatsuki" space probe. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said a remote test ignition conducted Wednesday lasted for 2 seconds as planned. "The failure in December was highly likely due to engine damage," JAXA spokesman Eijiro Namura said in a statement. "We have made the first step forward by igniting the engine for the first time since then," to assess its condition, he said....

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2010-12-08 09:35:00

The Japanese probe that was to have spent two years studying Venus has failed to enter the planet's orbit and is now being pulled towards the sun, the space agency announced on Wednesday. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) $300 million Planet-C Venus Climate Orbiter, code named 'Akatsuki' or 'Dawn', had reached Venus earlier this week and was to enter an elliptical orbit around the planet, monitoring its volcanic activity and recording information regarding its cloud cover and...

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2010-11-22 09:56:06

NASA has established a Venus Climate Orbiter Participating Scientist Program to complement scientific return of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)-led Venus Climate Orbiter, or "Akatsuki" mission. The Participating Scientist Program will fund two scientists in residence to live in Japan and five Participating Scientists to conduct joint research with the Venus Climate Orbiter science team. Based on peer-reviewed proposals submitted to NASA, NASA and JAXA are pleased to announce the...

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2010-08-17 06:35:00

For the next few months, Venus will be softly resplendent in the evening sky, a treat for stargazers "“ but looks can be deceiving. Consider this: The Venusian surface is hot enough to melt lead. The planet's 96% carbon dioxide atmosphere is thick and steamy with a corrosive mist of sulfuric acid floating through it. The terrain is forbidding, strewn with craters and volcanic calderas "“ and bone dry. Takeshi Imamura can't wait to get there. Imamura is the project scientist for...

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2010-05-21 11:30:00

Japan successfully launched its Venus probe and a kite-shaped "space yacht" early Friday for a two-year mission to study the planet Venus and its climate. The launch vehicle, the H-IIA rocket, took off from the Tanegashima space center in southern Japan on schedule at 6:58 am Friday morning, three days after its original launch was postponed due to inclement weather. Teruaki Kawai, space business manager for the rocket maker, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, told a press conference that the...