View Full Version : Akatsuki Fails to Enter Orbit of Venus

2010-Dec-08, 02:40 PM
JAXA announced that the Akatsuki spacecraft failed to enter orbit around Venus. The orbit insertion maneuver was performed, the space agency said in a statement, but “unfortunately, we have found that the orbiter was not injected into the planned orbit as a result of orbit estimation.” While extremely disappointing, perhaps not all is lost. If [...]

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2010-Dec-08, 03:46 PM
What a pity! :(

And it'll be another 6 years before the attempt can be made again?

By that time won't it have taken a lot of radiation? And the increasing chances of being struck by space rocks...

2010-Dec-08, 08:55 PM