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1. Short updates on Akatsuki and Chang'e missions

(Web Page; Fri Jan 09 17:18:00 CST 2015)

A few recent newspaper articles provide some updates on the status of Japan's Venus mission, Akatsuki, and the service module of China's Chang'e 5 test vehicle, Xiaofei. In brief: Akatsuki still plans to attempt to enter orbit in Decembe...

Description: A few recent newspaper articles provide some updates on the status of Japan's Venus mission, Akatsuki, and the service module of China's Chang'e 5 test vehicle, Xiaofei. In brief: Akatsuki still plans to attempt to enter orbit in December of this year, while Chang'e 5 T1 is headed to lunar orbit. Meanwhile, the Chang'e 3 mission has released an interesting image of M101, the Pinwheel Galaxy.

2. A new mission for Akatsuki, and status updates for Hayabusa 2 and Chang'e

(Web Page; Mon Feb 09 16:49:00 CST 2015)

Here are brief updates on four ongoing missions: JAXA's Akatsuki and Hayabusa 2, and China's Chang'e 3 and Chang'e 5 test vehicle. Japan's Akatsuki Venus orbiter will re-attempt Venus orbit insertion on December 7, 2015. Even if its o...

Description: Brief updates on four ongoing missions: JAXA's Akatsuki and Hayabusa 2, and China's Chang'e 3 and Chang'e 5 test vehicle. JAXA has articulated the new science plan for Akatsuki. Hayabusa 2's ion engines have checked out successfully. The Yutu rover is still alive on the Moon, and Chang'e 5 test vehicle has successfully tested crucial rendezvous operations in lunar orbit.

3. Two more brief mission updates: Philae makes contact; Akatsuki to perform course correction

(Web Page; Fri Jul 10 09:38:00 CDT 2015)

As a followup to yesterday's post about Dawn, Juno, and OSIRIS-REx, I have updates on two more missions. With this post, I hope to have cleared the decks so that I can focus on Pluto for the next week! Philae makes contact The Philae c...

Description: As a followup to yesterday's post about Dawn, Juno, and OSIRIS-REx, I have updates on two more missions. With this post, I hope to have cleared the decks so that I can focus on Pluto for the next week!

4. 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

5. 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

6. Akatsuki and IKAROS new launch date set

(Web Page; Thu Jul 10 10:36:00 CDT 2014)

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...

Description: 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.

7. Akatsuki arrives at Tanegashima Space Center

(Web Page; Thu Jul 10 09:35:00 CDT 2014)

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 plan...

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

8. Two possible futures for Akatsuki

(Web Page; Sun Jul 14 14:37:00 CDT 2013)

There are two intriguing possibilities being discussed in the Japanese media for what to do with Akatsuki, a space probe in orbit near Venus with a fully functional, highly capable suite of cameras but a damaged main engine. Asahi Shumbu...

Description: There are two intriguing possibilities being discussed in the Japanese media for what to do with Akatsuki, a space probe in orbit near Venus with a fully functional, highly capable suite of cameras but a damaged main engine.

9. Akatsuki enters orbit at Venus today!

(Web Page; Fri May 29 09:03:00 CDT 2015)

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 su...

Description: 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.

10. Akatsuki and IKAROS to launch today

(Web Page; Thu Jul 10 10:31:00 CDT 2014)

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 pos...

Description: 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.

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