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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 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!

4. 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

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. Something has not gone right with Akatsuki, but they have communications

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

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 informatio...

Description: Something has not gone right with Akatsuki, but they have communications

7. Akatsuki update: safe mode, still talking to Earth, but slowly

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

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, with help from Kay Previsich and from sei_n, natsu_shigure, and ...

Description: Akatsuki update: safe mode, still talking to Earth, but slowly

8. Akatsuki update, a day after the failure to enter orbit

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

JAXA held two press briefings about Akatsuki yesterday, at 11:00 and 20:30 JST (02:00 and 11:30 UTC). Reports in both English and Japanese based on these press briefings have cleared up some, but not all, of the mystery about what happe...

Description: Akatsuki update, a day after the failure to enter orbit

9. Akatsuki update: more detail on first failure report

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

Ordinarily it's not my thing to do so many updates on a mission that failed to arrive in orbit, but I know that it's difficult for English-speaking readers to locate information on Asian missions so I'm keeping up the reporting on Akatsu...

Description: Akatsuki update: more detail on first failure report

10. 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.

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