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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Akatsuki's first LIR image after orbit insertion

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Akatsuki's first LIR image after orbit insertion Akatsuki's longwave infrared imager (LIR) takes images at a wavelength of 10 microns, studying cloud-top temperatures. This is the first photo of its kind taken in Venus orbit. It was acquired by Akatsuki about 5 hours after Venus arrival (December 7, 2015 at 05:19 UT) from a distance of 72,000 kilometers.

JAXA / National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Original image data dated on or about December 7, 2015.

JAXA images may be reused for educational or informational purposes, with restrictions. Visit JAXA's website for more information on their image use policy.


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