JAXA’s Akatsuki Probe reaches Venus

It's been six months since the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Akatsuki probe the Tanegashima spaceport in Kagoshima Prefecture. The spacecraft which is roughly the size of a fridge has reached its destination and after solving a slight tragetory problem has successfully entered orbit around Venus the second planet from the Sun and … Continue reading JAXA’s Akatsuki Probe reaches Venus

Japan’s Akatsuki Probe on its way to Venus

A few days ago the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the Akatsuki probe from the Tanegashima spaceport in Kagoshima Prefecture. The Venus Climate Orbitor a very sophisticated probe  featuring specialized cameras,  sensors specially designed to study Venus' atmosphere and surface. Mission Overview Venus is one of the most attractive targets in the solar system when … Continue reading Japan’s Akatsuki Probe on its way to Venus

Japan to Launch a Dozen Fish into Orbit

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency along with about 2 dozen other research organizations and universities has plans for a very "fishy" experiment in space. 12 Killifish will be sent on an all expenses paid trip to the International Space Station sometime in 2011. They better enjoy their laid back retreat making babies and enjoying the … Continue reading Japan to Launch a Dozen Fish into Orbit

Japan to Launch Cargo Ship into Space

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is getting ready to launch it's first unmanned spacecraft. The HTV-1 cargo ship is expected to launched to the International Space Station and controlled from the Tanegashima Space Centre where the Kizuna communications satellite was launched early last year. Japan's new H-2 Transfer Vehicle The spacecraft is a solar-powered cylinder … Continue reading Japan to Launch Cargo Ship into Space