More on Hayabusa and Venus Express is Alive!

The Planetary Society has a couple of pieces of interesting news at the moment, the first is that the Japanese probe Hayabusa that is investigating an asteroid is going to try again to land, drop the robot and grab a sample, though JAXA are still not certain what caused the craft to abort last time. They are currently speculating that it could be to do with the optical navigation system and the spacecrafts orientation to the asteroid.

There’s also great news about Venus Express – the Planetary Society blog says that Venus Express has phoned home bang on time and the ESA is reporting in their online journal that:

9 Nov 06:10 UTC, MET +02h 40m
Sun acquisiton and successfull deployment of solar arrays confirmed.

Well needed good news after the loss of the CryoSat ice monitoring satellite!