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Messenger begins Mercury mission

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The Messenger spacecraft's year-long mission in orbit around the planet Mercury has now begun.

This afternoon [April 4] MESSENGER began its yearlong science campaign to understand the innermost planet. The spacecraft will fly around Mercury 700 times over the next 12 months, and its instruments will perform the first complete reconnaissance of the cratered planet’s geochemistry, geophysics, geological history, atmosphere, magnetosphere, and plasma environment.

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The latest information on this mission, along with the latest images released by the MESSENGER team can be found in the Exploration Of Mercury thread.

Edited by Waspie_Dwarf

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The threads should be merged.

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The threads should be merged.

That's not possible as this thread links to a front page story and the other thread is much older. Merging them would cause issues on the front page.

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