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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. 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"

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 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!

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

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