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PLANET-C Named Akatsuki
PLANET-C Named Akatsuki
22 Oct 2009
(Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is scheduled to launch the Venus Climate Orbiter "PLANET-C" in Japan Fiscal Year 2010. JAXA has decided the nickname of the PLANET-C as follows.

Name: Venus Climate Orbiter "AKATSUKI" (meaning "Dawn")

Reasons for naming: The name was discussed and decided by the PLANET-C project team. "AKATSUKI" means "dawn" when Venus shines most brightly as the first graying of dawn appears in the east sky just prior to sunrise. AKATSUKI is scheduled to arrive at Venus, which beautifully shines as the "morning bright star" at dawn, in the winter of 2010. The name also reflects the purpose of the PLANET-C project to newly create planetary meteorology by exploring Venus. The word "AKATSUKI", which indicates the start of a day, implies not only a beautiful scenic image, but also the power of achieving a goal, thus the name carries the thoughts and determination toward the success of the mission.

By publishing the nickname well in advance of its launch, we intend to make people more familiar with the satellite and its launch preparations, actual launch, and on-orbit operations.


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