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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,...

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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...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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