First Magnetometer Measurements from Mercury Orbit
April 19, 2011
- Instrument: Magnetometer (MAG)
On March 17, 2011 (March 18, 2011, UTC), MESSENGER became the first spacecraft ever to orbit the planet Mercury. The mission is currently in its commissioning phase, during which spacecraft and instrument performance are verified through a series of specially designed checkout activities. In the course of the one-year primary mission, the spacecraft's seven scientific instruments and radio science investigation will unravel the history and evolution of the Solar System's innermost planet. Visit the Why Mercury? section of this website to learn more about the science questions that the MESSENGER mission has set out to answer.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Environment, Mercury spacecraft, Space, Spacecraft, Spacecraft magnetometer, Exploration of Mercury, Mariner 10, Magnetometer, Space exploration, Mercury, MESSENGER, Discovery program, Spaceflight