UPDATE: The Japanese space agency JAXA has released a confirmation that their Venus mission Akatsuki did indeed enter orbit at Venus on Dec. 7 (JST).

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The spacecraft is currently in a highly-elliptical 13-day, 14-hour orbit around the planet, coming within 400 kilometers (248 miles) at its closest point and reaching 440,000 kilometers (243,400 miles) away at its farthest.

Akatsuki remains in good condition and its various instruments will be deployed to assess their statuses as well. Regular scientific operations are expected to commence in April 2016.

Congratulations to all the scientists and engineers at JAXA; Akatsuki truly is the “comeback kid” space mission of 2015!

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Unprocessed view of Venus' atmosphere as seen by Akatsuki's Ultraviolet Imager (UVI) at around 2:19 p.m. on Dec. 7 (Japan Standard Time) at a distance of 72,000 km (45,000 miles).JAXA

Unprocessed view of Venus' atmosphere taken by Akatsuki's 1μm camera (IR1) at around 1:50 p.m. on Dec. 7 (JST) at a distance of 68,000 kilomters (42,000 miles).JAXA

Source: JAXA