Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/10 05:26 CST
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/10 04:10 CST
I'm going to just one day of the enormous annual American Geophysical Union meeting next week, and I am actually presenting a talk!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/08 12:07 CST
"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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/08 11:45 CST
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/08 10:50 CST
I meant to get these posted weeks ago, along with my reviews of kids' space books, but better late than never!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/07 11:01 CST
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/06 09:07 CST
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.