Wednesday, June 30, 2010
JAXA has once again done an excellent PR job in this video for its newest probe, Akatsuki:
The same video can be seen in Japanese as well, with the exact same length and makeup.
What I'm most looking forward to after Akatsuki's arrival will be determining just why superrotation occurs in the area some 50 km above the surface of the planet, since this is the most Earth-like area in the entire solar system; nowhere else can one find both temperature and atmospheric pressure similar to our own at sea level. This area is both one where humans could potentially live (in aerostats that float due to the air we breathe being less dense than the Venusian atmosphere), but also an area that could potentially harbor life as well.