Japan Spaceship Failed to Enter Venus

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Wednesday that its space probe Akatsuki failed in its attempt Tuesday to enter orbit around Venus, and is believed to have passed the planet.
But the probe vehicle, which was launched aboard a rocket May 21, will still have a chance when it comes close to Venus again in six years, said the agency, known as JAXA.
If Akatsuki had succeeded in entering orbit, it would have been the first time Japan had placed a space probe in orbit around a planet other than Earth, after a failed attempt between 1998 and 2003 to place a probe into orbit around Mars. (PNA/Kyodo)

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