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Messenger Completes Mercury Mission
2012-03-21 12:30:58

In Roman mythology Mercury was the “Messenger of the Gods,” – as well as a god of trade, thieves and travel. It is thus fitting – apart from the trade and thieves aspect – that the MESSENGER program has been so carefully studying the inner most planet in our solar system.

2012-03-20 02:38:51

On March 17, 2012, MESSENGER successfully wrapped up a year-long campaign to perform the first complete reconnaissance of the geochemistry, geophysics, geologic history, atmosphere, magnetosphere, and plasma environment of the solar system's innermost planet.

2012-03-09 07:31:45

Data collected during MESSENGER's third through sixth month in orbit around Mercury were released to the public today by the Planetary Data System (PDS), an organization that archives and distributes all of NASA's planetary mission data.

2012-03-05 04:59:24

MESSENGER successfully completed an orbit-correction maneuver on March 2 to lower its periapsis altitude - the lowest point of MESSENGER's orbit about Mercury relative to the planet's surface - from 405 to 200 kilometers (251 to 124 miles).

2011-12-22 15:35:16

Life is complicated enough, so you can forgive the pioneers of DNA biology for glossing over transcriptional elongation control by RNA polymerase II, the quick and seemingly bulletproof penultimate step in the process that copies the information encoded in our DNA into protein-making instructions carried by messenger RNA.

2011-12-19 08:00:00

Belkasoft computer forensic software was used in INTERPOL Cybercrime Summer School, helping investigators learn locating digital evidence on PCs.

MESSENGER Earns Spot On Discover Magazine's Top 100 Stories Of 2011 List
2011-12-17 05:09:23

Discover magazine has named the MESSENGER mission one of the top 100 stories of 2011, coming in at 25 among the 100.


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2004-10-19 04:45:40

The Planet Mercury -- in astronomy, nearest planet to the sun, at a mean distance of 36 million mi (58 million km); its period of revolution is 88 days. Mercury passes through phases similar to those of the moon as it completes each revolution about the sun, although the visible disk varies in size with respect to its distance from the earth. Because its greatest elongation is 28, it is seen only for a short time after sunset or before sunrise. Since observation of Mercury is...

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Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.