Tuesday, December 7, 2010

This is Hard

We occasionally are reminded just how hard planetary exploration is.  I have just read the news that the Japanese Akatsuki failed to enter Venus orbit.  So many things must go right in a mission.  Many missions have had that moment where they didn't.  Most were able to recover and continue.  A few were not so fortunate.  We'll have to wait to see what can be salvaged for the Akatsuki mission.

You can read about the mission here.

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