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1. 1000 Akatsukis; "Faulty valve caused Akatsuki failure"

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:34:00 CDT 2012)

In a move that's kind of hard to understand in the wake of the immense public outreach success of the Hayabusa mission, JAXA is closing JAXA i, its public information center in Tokyo today (December 28 in Japan). There's a story about t...

Description: 1000 Akatsukis; "Faulty valve caused Akatsuki failure"

2. Akatsuki captures goodbye shots of Earth

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:35:00 CDT 2012)

Three of Akatsuki's six science instruments have now checked in as operating normally, producing lovely photos of the receding homeworld. They were taken at around 20:50 on May 21 (I think that is Japan time, so it would be 11:50 UT if ...

Description: Akatsuki captures goodbye shots of Earth

3. Akatsuki arrives at Tanegashima Space Center

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:36:00 CDT 2012)

The Akatsuki spacecraft (also known as PLANET-C or Venus Climate Orbiter) arrived this evening, Japanese time, at the Tanegashima Space Center. It will now be mated with its launch vehicle. Launch of Akatsuki and IKAROS is currently pl...

Description: Akatsuki arrives at Tanegashima Space Center

4. Akatsuki enters orbit at Venus today!

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:34:00 CDT 2012)

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 at 08:49 Japan time (which is today, December 6, 23:49 UTC / 15:49 PST). There has already been a ...

Description: Akatsuki enters orbit at Venus today!

5. Akatsuki and IKAROS to launch today

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:35:00 CDT 2012)

Just a programming note, a reminder that Japan plans to launch the Venus orbiter Akatsuki and the solar sail IKAROS today at 21:45 UTC. I plan to be watching their webcast, which is supposed to begin at 21:15 UTC. I will probably not p...

Description: Akatsuki and IKAROS to launch today

6. Akatsuki and IKAROS to launch today

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:35:00 CDT 2012)

This is mostly a repost from Monday: Just a programming note, a reminder that Japan plans to launch the Venus orbiter Akatsuki and the solar sail IKAROS today at 21:58:22 UTC. I plan to be watching their webcast, which is supposed to be...

Description: Akatsuki and IKAROS to launch today

7. Akatsuki update, two days later

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:34:00 CDT 2012)

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. There was a plot released during the December 8 press bri...

Description: Akatsuki update, two days later

8. Akatsuki and IKAROS new launch date set

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:35:00 CDT 2012)

According to the Akatsuki Twitter feed, the next try for launch of Akatsuki and IKAROS will be Thursday, May 20, at 21:58:22 UTC -- that's May 21 at 6:58:22 JST and May 20 at 2:58 in the afternoon my time.The rocket has been drained of i...

Description: Akatsuki and IKAROS new launch date set

9. Akatsuki and IKAROS launch scrubbed due to weather

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:35:00 CDT 2012)

The countdown for the planned launch of Akatsuki and IKAROS got to about four minutes before they decided to cancel the attempt due to weather, and I can't blame them:JAXAScrubbed!A camera on the seaside launch pad for Akatsuki and IKARO...

Description: Akatsuki and IKAROS launch scrubbed due to weather

10. Akatsuki, IKAROS, UNITEC-1, and your names are on their way to Venus

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:35:00 CDT 2012)

It was a picture-perfect launch for three Venus-bound spacecraft this morning: the Akatsuki Venus orbiter, the IKAROS solar sail, and a university-built minisat named UNITEC-1. The three lifted off along with three other small piggyback...

Description: Akatsuki, IKAROS, UNITEC-1, and your names are on their way to Venus

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