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Robert Pearlman

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posted 12-05-2015 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
JAXA's Akatsuki: questions and comments

This thread is meant for comments and questions about the mission updates under: JAXA's Akatsuki Venus Climate Orbiter.

Launched in 2010, Akatsuki was slated to enter orbit around Venus on Dec. 6, 2011, but its engine failed during an insertion burn and the probe went sailing off into space. Akatsuki will again try to orbit Venus on Dec. 6, 2015.


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posted 12-05-2015 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
USA Today: Venus or bust: Wayward Japanese spacecraft hurtles toward destiny
This weekend, the golf cart-sized Japanese spaceship named Akatsuki could become a national hero. Or it could end up a national disgrace.

Five years ago, the innovative ship took aim at Venus — and missed. Rather than swinging into orbit Venus as planned, Akatsuki sailed past its target, becoming another embarrassment for a Japanese space-exploration program plagued with mishaps.

Now, Akatsuki is poised for a comeback five years to the day after its worst moment. At roughly 7 pm ET Sunday, the spacecraft will make a risky bid to orbit Venus and redeem its honor.


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posted 12-10-2015 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for issman1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Truly amazing feat by JAXA, but can't help think that Akatsuki would have more mainstream news media coverage if it had been a NASA or ESA mission.

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