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by Emily Lakdawalla

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Follow the thrilling adventures of planetary missions, past and present, and see the stunningly beautiful photos that they return from space!

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?

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?

Door 4 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 04, 2010

Time to open the fourth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this crater-specked mound?

Door 3 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 03, 2010

Time to open the third door in the advent calendar. Until the New Year, I'll be opening a door onto a different landscape from somewhere in the solar system. Where in the solar system is this wispy terrain?

Best "Arsenic and Odd Life" coverage

Emily Lakdawalla • December 03, 2010

Last night I asked via Twitter for recommendations for articles that did the best job explaining the significance of the work, by people who actually read the relevant paper in Science.

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