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Japanese Spacecraft Has New Eyes on Venus: Photos

The Japanese space agency JAXA has released a confirmation that their Venus mission Akatsuki did indeed enter orbit at Venus on Dec. 7 (JST) -- and this is the view from orbit.

Published On 12/09/2015
12:47 PM EST
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