Venus in UV

Akatsuki in Japanese means Dawn in English. It’s the name of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency spacecraft studying the atmosphere of Venus. When it was launched aboard an H-IIA 202 rocket on 20 May 2010, it failed to enter orbit around Venus. The probe orbited the Sun for five years before engineers successfully placed it into an alternative Venusian elliptic orbit in late 2015. It’s the first Japanese satellite orbiting Venus. The image above was made by the spacecraft’s UV camera.

Image Credit: JAXA

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