Questions tagged [akatsuki]

A Japanese space probe intended to explore Venus for the purpose of examining its meteorology.

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Has Akatsuki searched for phosphine in Venus?

The Akatsuki orbiter is never mentioned in articles about the phosphine discovery, does it have the capability to detect it and has it tried?
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Why is the Venus Climate Orbiter also called Planet-C?

The Venus Climate Orbiter is also known as Akatsuki and Planet-C. Why is a Venus spacecraft called Planet-C? Venus is the second planet from the Sun, but C is the third letter of the alphabet.
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How did salt prevent Akatsuki's insertion burn?

I was reading about Akatsuki and how it failed its insertion burn to Venus orbit. In the source I was reading, it was mentioned that: At a press conference on 10 December, officials reported that ...
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Would it be possible to “ride the wave” on Venus?

Update: Newly published paper in Nature Geoscience Atmospheric mountain wave generation on Venus and its influence on the solid planet’s rotation rate has open-access links in Science News, ...
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How much of Akatsuki's original mission will be possible?

In December of 2010, Akatsuki was meant to enter orbit around Venus, but the insertion failed. They now have a new plan to put Akatsuki into orbit in December 2015, but the orbit will be different. ...
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How will Akatsuki get into orbit around Venus?

JAXA's Akatsuki was supposed to enter orbit around Venus in 2010, but the insertion failed. Its orbital maneuvering engine was supposed to burn for 12 minutes to get it into position, but it stopped ...