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Akatsuki update: Failure to enter orbit due to insufficient fuel pressure

Emily Lakdawalla • December 10, 2010

An English-language article in the December 11 Yomiuri Shimbun summarizes the news from the Akatsuki press briefing held at 11:00 December 10 JST (last night, my time). It's succinct and clear so I'm reposting it here.

NanoSail-D Mission Status Update

Emily Lakdawalla • December 10, 2010

Here's the latest from the NASA site about NanoSail-D.

I'll be presenting at the American Geophysical Union Meeting next week

Emily Lakdawalla • December 10, 2010

I'm going to just one day of the enormous annual American Geophysical Union meeting next week, and I am actually presenting a talk!

Door 10 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 10, 2010

Time to open the tenth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this jumble of bouldery fissures?

Come back, Venus.....

Emily Lakdawalla • December 09, 2010

This image is so, so beautiful, and so, so sad.

Door 9 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 09, 2010

Time to open the ninth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this jumble of boulders and fissures?

Enjoy a year in space

Emily Lakdawalla • December 09, 2010

Every year, The Planetary Society and Starry Messenger Press collaborate on a "Year in Space" desk calendar, where each week is accompanied by a gorgeous space image.

Akatsuki update, two days later

Emily Lakdawalla • December 09, 2010

I've got two more pieces of information to share on Akatsuki further to what I posted yesterday. The first one is a worrying detail about what went wrong during orbit insertion.

Door 8 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 08, 2010

Time to open the eighth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this nearly flat plain?

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9; orbits, returns Dragon capsule

Emily Lakdawalla • December 08, 2010

"Falcon 9 nailed it!" said Bill Nye said this morning, congratulating SpaceX on what has looked like a flawless launch, orbit, and return of the Dragon capsule aboard its Falcon 9 rocket.

Akatsuki update, a day after the failure to enter orbit

Emily Lakdawalla • December 08, 2010

JAXA held two press briefings about Akatsuki yesterday. Reports in both English and Japanese based on these press briefings have cleared up some, but not all, of the mystery about what happened and what is to happen with Akatsuki.

Book reviews: Killing Pluto; Stars Above; Jars to Stars

Emily Lakdawalla • December 08, 2010

I meant to get these posted weeks ago, along with my reviews of kids' space books, but better late than never!

Akatsuki has failed to enter Venus orbit

Emily Lakdawalla • December 07, 2010

There is a press briefing happening right now in Japan, and it's terrible news: Akatsuki failed to enter Venus orbit.

Door 7 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 07, 2010

Time to open the seventh door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this icy bridge?

Dawn Journal: Attitude Adjustment

Marc Rayman • December 07, 2010

Dawn is maintaining its smooth and steady course through the solar system as it gradually closes in on Vesta.

Akatsuki update: safe mode, still talking to Earth, but slowly

Emily Lakdawalla • December 07, 2010

A press release (PDF) was posted in Japanese on the Akatsuki website this morning with some official information on the mission status. Here is a translation of the text.

Something has not gone right with Akatsuki, but they have communications

Emily Lakdawalla • December 06, 2010

I was unable to follow Akatsuki's entry into Venus orbit in real time due to family obligations. Checking in now, about four hours after it was to have entered orbit, it seems that something did not go correctly, but not much information is available.

Door 6 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 06, 2010

Time to open the sixth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system are these snowy slopes?

Akatsuki enters orbit at Venus today!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 06, 2010

In just a few hours, Venus will have a second orbiter. Japan's Akatsuki is due to start firing its orbit insertion engines on December 7.

Door 5 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 05, 2010

Time to open the fifth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this meandering river?

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