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Departing Venus

Departing Venus

ISAS / JAXA

Departing Venus
Akatsuki's cameras were working fine two days after it flew past Venus; these three images were taken with the UV1, IR1, and LIR cameras, respectively. The UV1 and IR1 cameras take images in wavelengths where the available light is from the Sun, so they viewed Venus as a crescent. The LIR camera is at a longer wavelength where Venus emits heat, so sees all of the planet's atmosphere glowing with thermal radiation. The UV1 and IR1 images are artificially colorized.

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Original image data dated on or about December 9, 2010

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