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TOKYO – A Japanese space probe sent to the thick clouds of Venus shut itself down, and its future looks as hazy as the planet it was built to study. The probe, called Akatsuki, which means "dawn," reached Venus on Tuesday to orbit Earth's neighbor on a two-year mission. But communication problems left scientists in the dark about whether it was successfully in orbit. An American scientist on the probe's research team said the probe shut itself partially down and is in safe mode. That means it is sending back signals indicating it is alive, but not transmitting any data.
A Japanese Venus probe failed in its mission to enter into orbit around the hellishly hot planet Monday (Dec. 6). The spacecraft may be able to try again in seven years, or it may be gone for good
Originally posted by fixer1967
SAFE MODE. I have to ask what is the point of putting a safe mode in the programing if you can not get it out of safe mode by remote?
I had rather have a space probe computer fry to a crisp than to go in to a safe mode that it could never be gotten out of.
They are way too many probes that just fail at the last minute of just get lost. I do not think that is really the case...
signals indicating that spaceship may be wobbling a bit
TextLimaye said it was unclear if the probe was successfully inserted into orbit around Venus, but Gerald Schubert, a University of California, Los Angeles, scientist who is on the probe team, said he thinks it is in some kind of orbit around the hazy planet.
Originally posted by FoxStriker
Very odd... Must have been a Toyota Satellite.
Originally posted by Nightfury
Where do you get the 7 years from?
they don't even know in what orbit it is yet?
JAXA officials are considering whether to try to insert Akatsuki again in seven years, when the probe will come close enough to Venus once more, according to the news service Agence-France Presse.
Dang! You mean I can't use my favorite expression "It's not rocket science?"
Originally posted by jra
Well this is rocket science after all, no one said it was easy.
I hope it their next chance in 7 years is successful...if they can keep it alive that long.
Anyway, it's a damn shame for JAXA that this happened. They've had some bad luck with previous missions and I was really looking forward to this one. But at least it's not a total loss... we'll just have to wait 7 years for them to try again.
Originally posted by Arbitrageur
It looks like the conspiracy theorists will be claiming the Venusians are the ones who interrupted the orbital insertion burn prematurely because they didn't want to be observed?