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An Earth image taken by AKATSUKI during the initial function verification

On May 21, JAXA confirmed that the Venus Climate Orbiter "AKATSUKI," launched by the H-IIA F17, successfully performed a sequence of scheduled operations such as the deployment of the solar array paddles and sun acquisition.

We have also received earth images taken by the AKATSUKI while verifying the condition of onboard devices at about 250,000 km above the Earth at around 8:50 p.m. on May 21.

Long wave infrared camera (LIR)

Long wave infrared camera (LIR)

Ultraviolet imager (UVI)

Ultraviolet imager (UVI) [Click image for enlargement]

1Ám camera (IR1)

1Ám camera (IR1) [Click image for enlargement]

May 24, 2010