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Akatsuki


Venus-orbiting weather satellite with visible, infrared and ultraviolet cameras. Launched 2010.05.20,

First Launch: 2010.05.20.
Number: 1 .

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2010 May 20 - . 21:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIA 202.
  • Akatsuki - . Payload: Planet-C. Mass: 320 kg (700 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Venus. Type: Venus probe. Spacecraft: Akatsuki. USAF Sat Cat: 36576 . COSPAR: 2010-020D. Summary: Venus-orbiting weather satellite with visible, infrared and ultraviolet cameras. Reached Venus on 6 December 2010 but the main engine malfunctioned, preventing the braking burn into Venus orbit. The spacecraft sailed past Venus into solar orbit..

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