Stereo venus - close to the sun

Akatsuki is Japan's first planetary exploration mission since the failed Mars orbiter Nozomi probe which was launched in 1998. Akatsuki was originally intended to conduct scientific research for two or more years from an elliptical orbit around Venus ranging from 300 to 80,000 km (190 to 49,710 mi) in altitude, [1] but its alternate orbit, yet to be characterized, had to be highly elliptical. The budget for this mission is ¥ billion ( US$174 million ) for the satellite and ¥ billion (US$116 million) for the launch. [13]

While Venus has been explored a handful of times in the past, no spacecraft has survived the surface for long. Though the planet has had a few visitors orbit it in recent years —including a probe from the ESA that launched in 2005—the last time a probe explored Venus’ surface was roughly 30 years ago, when the Soviet Vega mission sent a pair of balloons and landers to scope it out. Sadly, the landers only lasted a few hours in Venus’ hellish landscape.

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