Latest Eric Finnegan Stories
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.
The Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has named MESSENGER team members Peter Bedini and Eric Finnegan as Engineering Manager of the Year and Engineer of the Year, respectively, for 2011.
On Sunday, the MESSENGER spacecraft successfully completed the first of four â€œhot seasonsâ€ expected to occur during its one-year primary mission in orbit about Mercury.
Nine days from now â€“ on March 17 â€“ the MESSENGER spacecraft will execute a 15-minute maneuver that will place it into orbit about Mercury, making it the first craft ever to do so, and initiating a one-year science campaign to understand the innermost planet.
US scientists say the Messenger spacecraft turned off its instruments during a highly-anticipated flyby of the planet Mercury, limiting data collection.
- A trick or prank.