Latest Lunar Orbit Insertion Stories

2011-02-18 08:15:00

After more than a dozen laps through the inner solar system, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft will move into orbit around Mercury on March 17, 2011. The durable spacecraft "” carrying seven science instruments and fortified against the blistering environs near the Sun "” will be the first to orbit the innermost planet. At 8:45 p.m. EDT, MESSENGER "” having pointed its largest thruster very close to the direction of travel "” will fire that thruster for nearly 14 minutes,...

2010-03-18 11:00:00

One year from today "” starting at 12:45 a.m. UTC "” MESSENGER will transition from orbiting the Sun to being the first spacecraft ever to orbit the planet Mercury. "We are finally closing in on the most intense phase of the mission," says MESSENGER Principal Investigator Sean Solomon, of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. "MESSENGER's six and a half years of interplanetary flight are a long warm-up for the main event, when we are in orbit about Mercury. The final year of...

Word of the Day
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).