Venus probe’s engine damage may kill mission

The Akatsuki space probe’s mission to Venus is close to failure because its engine is too damaged to maneuver it into an orbit close enough to observe the planet’s atmosphere accurately, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.

JAXA tested the probe’s main engine Wednesday to prepare for another attempt to achieve its mission of entering Venus orbit in 2015, but the thrust was only one-eighth the amount anticipated, the space agency said the same day.

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