The Akatsuki Venus probe failed to enter orbit Monday night, leading some to speculate that the Japanese spacecraft was struck by something.
Akatsuki Venus probe: A Japanese probe has arrived at Venus, but underwent a communications blackout as it swung behind the planet.
Photographers gather to cover space shuttle Discovery as it sits on launch pad 39A after making the trip from the vehicle assembly building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sept. 21.
The Japanese space probe Akatsuki will travel to Venus in an attempt to learn more about the planet's structure.
The first solar-powered sail craft will embark on an ambitious journey to Venus.