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  • July 8, 2010

    Episode 284: Mission to Venus

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    Venus is a planet veiled in mystery, largely due to its thick atmosphere and hostile conditions for spacecraft. The Japanese space agency, JAXA, has recently launched two probes to Venus. One, Akatsuki, is designed to learn about the Venusian atmosphere and surface. The second probe, Ikaros, is an experimental solar sail. Results will be forthcoming over the next few months.