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Is the Earth Already Changing Orbit?
Japan Misses Venus
Today the Japanese failed to put their spaceship Akatsuki, in orbit around Venus. It was planned that the ship would take up an elliptical orbit, getting as close as 190 miles from the surface, then going out to 50,000 miles. It was hoped that it would be able to record data on volcanic activity on the surface, as well as weather information.
How did this happen? As we approach coming in line with the center of our Galaxy, is it causing the planet Venus to slightly alter its orbit around the Sun? Or is Earth changing hers?
These scientists and mathematicians have proved that they know their business. Earlier in the year they were successful in sending a probe, to a speeding asteroid, to collect dust. Then return it safely to Earth. So how could they miss Venus, a planet the size of Earth?
After years of planning and a cost of $300 million, I am sure that the math would of been checked and rechecked, again and again. So what happened? Did the starting point [Earth] or the finishing point [Venus] change their supposed positions? Is this something to do with us approaching alignment with the center of our Galaxy? Would we be told if it was?
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Not a Complete Failure
The scientists will however, be able to try to put it in orbit around Venus again, in 6 years time.
What this spacecraft has already been successful in doing though is, putting Ikaros, a solar sail spacecraft into outer space. Akatsuki, at its launch, carried the first solar sail craft into deep space.
The Japanese will try to maneuver this craft in space. Whether they are successful or not, it will still make great advances in this field. It is thought that solar sails will one day be the major means of transport in the solar system.
Ikaros cost $16 million to develop and was launched on Akatsuki from the Japanese space center on 20th May.