Goodmorning from Venus

This is a false color image using two ultraviolet channels from Akatsuki's UVI camera at 283 nm and 365 nm.
We can clearly distinguish the different components of the Venusian atmosphere.

Akatsuki also known as the Venus Climate Orbiter is a Japanese space probe tasked to study the atmosphere of Venus. It was launched aboard on 20 May 2010 and failed to enter orbit around Venus on 6 December 2010. After the craft orbited the Sun for five years, engineers successfully placed it into an alternative elliptical Venusian orbit on 7 December 2015 by firing its attitude control thrusters for 20 minutes !!

Photo processing by Damia Bouic.

Phedias Hadjicharalambous
Cyprus Astronomy Organisation