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Akatsuki and IKAROS getting ready for launch, with your names aboard

Emily Lakdawalla • May 07, 2010

I've been so focused on the dramatic return of "Mr. Hayabusa" that I've neglected to write much about two up-and-coming Japanese missions: Akatsuki and IKAROS.

Akatsuki arrives at Tanegashima Space Center

Emily Lakdawalla • March 19, 2010

The Akatsuki spacecraft (also known as PLANET-C or Venus Climate Orbiter) arrived this evening, Japanese time, at the Tanegashima Space Center.

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