Rescued Japanese spacecraft delivers first results from Venus

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    After an unplanned five-year detour, Japan’s Venus probe, Akatsuki, has come back to life with a bang. On 4–8 April, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) presented the first scientific results from the spacecraft since it was rescued from an errant orbit around the Sun and rerouted to circle Venus, four months ago. These include a detailed shot of streaked, acidic clouds and a mysterious moving ‘bow’ shape in the planet’s atmosphere.

    http://www.nature.com/news/rescued-japanese-spacecraft-delivers-first-results-from-venus-1.19723
     

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