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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:24 pm 
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AKATSUKI the Japanese climate orbiter mission is scheduled to enter orbit around the planet Venus on 7th December 2010.

You can read more on the special site here and on the project site here.

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The probe has failed to inject into Venus orbit. JAXA officials said of the probe: "It appears to be functioning and we may be able to try again when it passes by Venus six years from now". ( To-day's METRO ).

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brian livesey wrote:
The probe has failed to inject into Venus orbit. JAXA officials said of the probe: "It appears to be functioning and we may be able to try again when it passes by Venus six years from now". ( To-day's METRO ).


Thanks for the update Brian. There's more on this, in English, on the web site of Daily Yomiuri Online:

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david entwistle wrote:
Thanks for the update Brian. There's more on this, in English, on the web site of Daily Yomiuri Online:


The Planetary Society's Emily Lakdawalla has provided updates on Hayabusa and Akatsuki on her blog. Scientists and engineers are investigating a number of possible causes of the failure of Akatsuki to decelerate and enter orbit arround Venus. One possibility being considered is the failure of Akatsuki's ceramic engine nozzle.

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Why are the Japanese so rubbish when it comes to getting their space probes to work? :?


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