9 Dec 2003
(Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
Mars orbiter "NOZOMI" (PLANET-B)
December 9, 2003
JAXA gave up injecting Mars Orbiter "Nozomi" into orbit of Mars
Despite trying hard to restore the malfunctioned part of Nozomi, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of JAXA found that communications with Nozomi were still not restored as of 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 (Japan Standard Time [1130 UTC]). It is very unfortunate for JAXA to announce that we have decided to give up its injection into the orbit of Mars. We would like to deeply apologize for this failure, and will continue to do our best to investigate the cause.