Japan’s Akatsuki probe starts orbiting Venus after five years
Japan’s Akatsuki probe has started orbiting the Venus. The probe was expected to make the entry much earlier, but some technical fault kept it off its course. In the meantime the scientific world is cheering the big news of the eventual entry of the Japanese probe.
The spaceship was launched more than five years ago in May 2010. Nonetheless the spaceship was unable to keep the date and enter the orbit around Venus due to some technical fault. Due to the malfunction it spent five long years spinning around the sun for those long years.
Reports attributed to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) say that the spaceship is now in orbit around the planet thanks to a 20-minute blast from its thrusters. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has also said in a press release that the probe is in â€œgood healthâ€.
The Japanese space agency in a press release said that Venus actually provides a great deal for us to learn about the solar system and the formation of its planets, including our own. The statement also adds that for earth it is all the more important given the fact that its “birth formation is considered to be similar to that of the Earth.”
A CNN report while detailing the development says, â€œOriginally Akatsuki was intended to enter an elliptical orbit, 300 to 80,000 kilometers above Venus’ surface, which would enable â€˜comprehensive observationsâ€™ of the planet’s atmosphere and meteorological conditions, including the intense storms that roil its upper atmosphereâ€.