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Messenger begins Mercury mission

By T.K. Randall
April 6, 2011 · Comment icon 3 comments

Image Credit: NASA
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. 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 planetís geochemistry, geophysics, geological history, atmosphere, magnetosphere, and plasma environment.

Source: Johns Hopkins University Applied Science Laboratory | Comments (3)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
The threads should be merged.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 12 years ago
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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