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The Bellinghman
Date: 2010-12-08 10:54
Subject: Making orbit ... slowly
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Japan's Akatsuki probe fails to enter Venus orbit.

Basically, it failed to slow down enough to go into orbit, and sailed on past.

On the other hand: "we may be able to try again when it passes by Venus six years from now", though given that the probe has a 4.5 year design life, that is a little optimistic.

It is, of course, now in a solar orbit that crosses Venus's orbit at ... I guess ... something of the order of 6 monthly intervals, so after a few orbits, it should indeed have another chance.
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