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Messenger begins Mercury mission


Posted on Wednesday, 6 April, 2011 | Comment icon 3 comments


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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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Comment icon #1 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 6 April, 2011, 23:45
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.
Comment icon #2 Posted by 27vet on 7 April, 2011, 5:52
The threads should be merged.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 7 April, 2011, 7:20
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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