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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.

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