By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer The Messenger spacecraft's year-long mission in orbit around the planet Mercury has now begun.
One Mercury day equals 176 Earth days, so scientists came up with a special computer program called SciBox which will allow them to use the time they do have to the fullest extent. SciBox will co-ordinate all of the instruments so that they are used at the best time for the best data collection.
"This afternoon [April 4] MESSENGER began its yearlong science campaign to understand the innermost planet."
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