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Akatsuki to Venus On the Cover: In the early hours of May 21, 2010, Japan launched Akatsuki, its first Venus explorer, from the Tanegashima Space Center. Akatsuki (also called Venus Climate Orbiter) got its name because Venus is known as "the morning star" and akatsuki is the Japanese word for "dawn."

Volume 30, number 5
September/October 2010

Akatsuki to Venus

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4 Your Place in Space: Learning More, Faster...Like Rocket Science: Bill Nye looks at exciting times ahead.

6 Out of This World Books: Must-reads for both you and your childrens' bookshelves.

10 LightSail Update: Louis D. Friedman briefs us on the International Solar Sailing Symposium.

12 Akatsuki: Toward the Morning Star: Takeshi Imamura discusses Japan's first mission to our nearest neighbor.

18 We Make it Happen! New Design Competition: Human Mission to an Asteroid: Bruce Betts announces this new contest for society members.


11 World Watch NASA's budget is in Congress' hands.

20 Q&A Planetary defense, exoplanets, and SETI

21 Factinos New exoplanet discoveries from orbit and the ground

22 Members' Dialogue The society's focus; contacting ET

23 Society News Ray Bradbury's 90th birthday celebration

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