Akari (satellite)

Akari (あかり, meaning "light") is a Japanese artificial satellite which was put into orbit in 2006.

The launch was a project of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The satellite was launched on February 22, 2006.[1]

The primary mission of Akari was as a space observatory to survey the entire sky in near-, mid- and far-infrared [2] with its infrared telescope.


  1. JAXA, "Catalogue of ISAS Missions"; retrieved 2012-8-13.
  2. "JAXA Hopes To Keep Akari Going Despite Power Failure," Space News International. 27 May 2011; retrieved 2012-8-13.

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