This image, illustrated by Akihiro Ikeshita and released from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), shows Japan’s atronomical observation satellite ‘Sprint-A’ in the space. The satellite, which will observe atmosphere of Venus, Mars, and Jupiter from the orbit, will be launched in this summer.

Japan readies space telescope to study atmosphere

February 15, 2013

Japan is to send a space telescope into orbit around the Earth to observe Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, officials said on Friday, as they look to unlock the secrets of our own planet’s atmosphere.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to launch a satellite later this year equipped with an ultraviolet telescope that will probe the gases surrounding three of our nearest neighbours in the solar system.

Scientists hope this will help them understand the conditions that created the dense, life-supporting atmosphere of Earth, JAXA said in a statement.

They also want to understand if solar winds have any effect on Jupiter’s magnetosphere, the area of space around the planet where the particles fall under the sway of its magnetic field.

Read more: Japan readies space telescope to study atmosphere — phys.org.

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