Akebono (satellite)

Akebono (あけぼの) is the name of a Japanese artificial satellite put into orbit.

The launch was a project of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of the University of Tokyo.

The satellite was sent into orbit on February 22, 1989.[1]

Akebono was designed to study auroras and the magnetosphere of earth. The satellite remained operational for 20+ years.[2]


  1. JAXA, "Catalogue of ISAS Missions". Retrieved 2012-4-2.
  2. 松岡彩子 (2009-03-25). "打ち上げ20周年を迎えた 磁気圏観測衛星「あけぼの」の成果と現状" (PDF) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-03-28.

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