After five years in the solar system, the Japanese Akatsuki spacecraft made the necessary maneuver to enter the orbit of Venus! Congratulations to Akatsuki and the Japanese Agencies of Aerospace Exploration!
The Akatsuki spacecraft (translated from Japanese - “dawn”) was launched on May 20, 2010, but six months later, on December 7, 2010, failed and could not go into the orbit of Venus due to a faulty engine valve. After that, Akatsuki flew past Venus and headed towards the Sun’s orbit, where he waited for his second and final chance to repeat the attempt to go to the orbit of Venus.
At 8:51 am on December 7, Japanese time (December 6, at 18:51 Moscow time, 15:51 Pacific time), the Akatsuki spacecraft carried out maneuvers for 20 minutes to stabilize the position of the ship near the orbit of Venus, as a result completely coped with the management and was in orbit of the planet. The exact position of the spacecraft has not yet been determined.
According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the spacecraft is now in working condition and functioning. Currently, accurate calculations of the coordinates of its location are being carried out. Such measurements will take several days, after which the results of calculations of the location of the spacecraft will be published.
From now on, Akatsuki is the only spacecraft that explores the dense atmosphere of Venus, collects information about its weather conditions, performs ultraviolet and infrared scanning of its surface and atmosphere, and studies the surface of Venus through clouds and the atmosphere using radio waves.