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Hisaki: An Orbiting Planetary Observatory

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 01:52 PM

Hisaki: An Orbiting Planetary Observatory

www.skyandtelescope.com said:

After a successful launch on September 14th, the Hisaki spacecraft is getting ready to study the gas escaping from Venus, Mars, and Jupiter's moon Io.

Japan is a small country with big space-exploration ambitions, especially in the arena of space science. Its latest effort, launched on September 14th, is an orbiting observatory that will study how the solar wind strips gas from the uppermost atmospheres of three neighboring planets.

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