Akatsuki update, a day after the failure to enter orbit

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 happened and what is to happen with Akatsuki, which failed to enter orbit as planned on December 7 JST/December 6 UTC. The key summary: The spacecraft is currently in good health and in solar orbit with 80% of its ….

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