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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:19 am 
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NASA's Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) probe is scheduled for orbit insertion around the inner planet on 18th March 2011. See link below for more details:

http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:41 am 
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david entwistle wrote:
NASA's Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) probe is scheduled for orbit insertion around the inner planet on 18th March 2011.


Orbit insertion is now less than ten days away. There's a page dedicated to this manoeuvre here.

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On March 17, 2011 (March 18, 2011, UTC), MESSENGER will become the first spacecraft ever to enter Mercury's orbit. The probe will continue to orbit the planet once every 12 hours for the duration of its primary mission. The first few days after orbit insertion will be focused on ensuring that the spacecraft systems are all working well in the harsh thermal environment of orbit; this interval is known as the orbital commissioning phase.

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I had Messenger orbiting Mercury in Dance of the Planets a couple of years ago. It's just a shame that Dance doesn't work on my current Vista64 PC :(


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Time conversion for the upcoming briefing... NASA will host a media teleconference at 2011 March 15 17:00 UT (1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 15), to discuss the upcoming orbit insertion manoeuvre. See link for details:

http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/news_room/d ... php?id=158

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During the briefing, related images will be available at:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/messenger/media/MOITelecon.html

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on NASA's website at:
http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:41 pm 
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Nice to see a company with it's main offices in the UK being able to claim to have provided the imaging sensors for the MESSENGER probe.

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e2v imaging sensors onboard NASA’s MESSENGER capture new images of Mercury, as it becomes the first spacecraft to orbit the planet

On March 18, 2011, NASA’s MESSENGER became the first spacecraft to orbit the planet Mercury. The e2v Charge Coupled Device (CCD) imaging sensors equip the cameras onboard and captured unique new images of the planet.

Launched in August 2004, NASA’s MESSENGER - designed, built and operated by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, USA - is conducting the first orbital study of the planet Mercury, the smallest, densest and least explored of the planets. MESSENGER is only the second spacecraft to visit Mercury (after the Mariner 10 mission made several passes of the planet in 1974-75). Learning about Mercury is crucial for scientists to understand more about the planets in our solar system and how they have formed and evolved.

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