Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft. Credit: JAXA

Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft will arrive at Venus later today, and will enter orbit around the planet. The box-shaped orbiter will make observations from an elliptical orbit, from a distance of between 300 and 80,000 kilometers (186 to 49,600 miles), looking for — among other things — signs of lightning and active volcanoes. (…) Read the rest of Japan’s Akatsuki to Reach Venus Today (136 words)

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