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Japan to make second attempt to put probe into Venus' orbit

TOKYO, Dec. 7 — The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will carry out a second attempt Monday morning to put its probe into orbit around Venus, five years after the first try failed due to a main engine problem.

JAXA programmed the probe Akatsuki for an attitude-control thruster burn Monday morning to send it into an elliptical orbit around Venus. The agency will report the results of the maneuver later in the day.

Akatsuki, launched in May 2010 on a mission to observe Venus' atmosphere, failed to perform a critical maneuver in December that year to enter a 30-hour orbit around the planet. (PNA/Kyodo)

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