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Two Cameras on Akatsuki Pause Observations

ISAS : [03.03.2017]

JAXA decides that two of five cameras on-board Akatsuki (1-µm and 2-µm cameras) pause scientific observations. Other cameras (longwave-infrared camera, ultraviolet imager, and lightning and airglow camera) continue normal operation.

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Surface Action on Venus

Ashley Yeager : [02.18.2017]

With scorching temperatures and a mind-numbingly slow rotation (one Venus day lasts 243 Earth days), Venus was already a contender for weirdest planet in the solar system. Now add a giant bow-shaped structure…

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The Mystery of Venus’s Atmospheric Wave

Unknown : [01.24.2017]

In April and May of 2016, Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft recorded a massive, 10,000 kilometer bow-shaped wave of bright particles stretching across the surface of the planet…

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Could Dark Streaks in Venus’ Clouds be Microbial Life?

Keith Cooper : [01.05.2017]

The question of life on Venus, of all places, is intriguing enough that a team of U.S. and Russian scientists working on a proposal for a new mission to the second planet — named Venera-D — are considering including the search for life in its mission goals. If all goes as planned, an unmanned aerial vehicle could…

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Venus Climate Orbiter “AKATSUKI” Inserted Into Venus' Orbit

JAXA : [12.09.2015]

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully inserted the Venus Climate Orbiter “AKATSUKI” into the orbit circling around Venus. As a result of measuring and calculating the AKATSUKI’s orbit after its thrust ejection, the orbiter is now flying on the elliptical orbit at the apoapsis altitude of about 440,000 km and periapsis altitude of about 400 km from Venus.

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Event Archives

Venus – an Exoplanet Next Door

July 18th, 2017 | University of Exeter, UK

Since Mariner 2 in 1962, Venus has been explored by atmospheric entry probes, landers, balloons and orbiters in addition to being observed by spacecraft on their way to other destinations. We have discovered that the cloud covered planet which takes longer to rotate about itself than to orbit the Sun is still shrouded in mystery. If we cannot understand our closest planetary neighbor, how can we really appreciate with confidence the mysteries of other exoplanets beyond our own solar system?…

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PACE Workshop

July 12th, 2017 | Madison, WI

The Preparatory Academic Campus Experience group visited the UW Madison SSEC to learn about past and present exploration of Venus. Afterwards, students analyzed Venusian atmospheric data from the Venus Express mission!

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Colloquia Classica

May 17th, 2017 | Skierniewice, Poland

Dr. Sanjay S. Limaye visited students at school "Zespół Szkół im. Księdza Stanisława Konarskiego" in Skierniewice, Poland to discuss Venus, the solar system, and space exploration.

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The Solar System Explored

June 11th, 2016 | Madison, WI

A special lecture by Dr. Sanjay Limaye entitled “The Solar System Explored: Mercury to Pluto”. Dr. Limaye and other UW scientists have made significant contributions in planetary science over the past 60 years.

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International Venus Conference 2018

September 11th, 2018 | Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

Following the successful series of Venus conferences (La Thuile, Aussois, Sicily, and Oxford), the Akatsuki team and community in Japan are planning to host a Venus conference in 2018.

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