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A Giant Gravity Wave Has Been Found in Venus’ Clouds

The 6,200-mile-long structure was observed by Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft and is believed to be created by mountains on the surface of Venus. Venus is wrapped in thick clouds of sulfuric acid that swirl around the planet at 225 mph, but not everything in the atmosphere is moving.

On Dec. 7, 2015, during its very first orbit around Venus, Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft discovered a mammoth, bow-shaped structure in the upper atmosphere that remained oddly fixed over a mountainous region known as the western highlands of Aphrodite. Continue reading A Giant Gravity Wave Has Been Found in Venus’ Clouds

Japan Sends Space Junk Collector to the International Space Station

Japan launched a cargo ship Friday bound for the International Space Station, carrying a ‘space junk’ collector that was made with the help of a fishnet company.

The vessel, dubbed “Kounotori” (stork in Japanese), blasted off from the southern island of Tanegashima just before 10:27 pm local time (1327 GMT) attached to an H-IIB rocket. Continue reading Japan Sends Space Junk Collector to the International Space Station

Japan is Tracking Tumbling and Damaged Satellite

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is struggling to understand exactly what went wrong with its brand-new astronomy satellite, Hitomi, which suffered some sort of malfunction over the weekend and is apparently tumbling in space, according to a video captured by an amateur astronomer. Continue reading Japan is Tracking Tumbling and Damaged Satellite