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2011-09-09 09:31:06

Data collected during MESSENGER´s first two months in orbit around Mercury have been released to the public by the Planetary Data System (PDS), an organization that archives and distributes all of NASA´s planetary mission data. Calibrated data from all seven of MESSENGER´s science instruments, plus radio science data from the spacecraft telecommunications system, are included in this release. “It's a real milestone for the first data ever obtained from orbit around...

2011-09-08 09:24:36

On Wednesday, Sept. 7,  the MESSENGER spacecraft emerged unscathed from the second of four “hot seasons” expected to occur during its one-year primary mission in orbit around Mercury. Hours later, mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., successfully executed a maneuver to adjust the spacecraft´s trajectory. “Operating MESSENGER in Mercury orbit is a bit like driving a high-performance automobile on a...

2011-08-10 09:11:18

This is the first entry in the BepiColombo Test Campaign Journal, a series of articles covering the main events during the integration and testing of the Structural and Thermal Models (STM) and the Proto-Flight Models (PFM) of the four major components that make up the BepiColombo composite spacecraft stack. The journal is expected to run until the completion of PFM testing in the fourth quarter of 2013; shortly after this, the BepiColombo Launch Campaign Journal will begin. The BepiColombo...

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2011-08-04 06:45:00

Seven years ago, on August 3, 2004, MESSENGER left Earth aboard a three-stage Boeing Delta II rocket to begin a journey that would take it more than 15 laps through the solar system, through six planetary flybys, and ultimately into orbit around Mercury. The spacecraft has travelled 5.247 billion miles (8.445 billion kilometers) relative to the Sun, and the team is one-third of the way through the one-year science campaign to understand the innermost planet. "As exciting as it was at the...

2011-07-27 09:39:10

The MESSENGER spacecraft continued to fine-tune its orbit around Mercury yesterday afternoon when mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., successfully executed the second orbit-correction maneuver of the mission. The 3-minute, 8-second engine burn stretched the spacecraft's orbit around the innermost planet from 11 hours 48 minutes to a precise 12 hours. This second of an expected five maneuvers planned for the mission's primary...

2011-07-06 14:18:20

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. Bedini and Finnegan, both of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., will be honored at an awards dinner later this month. Bedini is the MESSENGER Project Manager. In that role he oversees all aspects of the mission,...

2011-06-27 09:00:00

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Implementing an EHR system can be overwhelming for any doctor's practice, and even harder for a doctor that wants to attain Meaningful Use(1), but doesn't know where to start. As a part of our ongoing effort to assist doctors in their migration from paper to digital, Medical Messenger has partnered with ComputerAssistant.com to provide three key services to Medical Messenger customers: Perform an assessment to understand the system...

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2011-06-16 14:20:00

NASA said on Thursday that its MESSENGER spacecraft completed its first perihelion passage from orbit around Mercury. The spacecraft entered orbit around Mercury on March 18, 2011, becoming the first spacecraft ever to do so. The space agency said tens of thousands of images of major features of the planet are now available in sharp focus, along with measurements of the chemical composition of Mercury's surface. MESSENGER has helped provide maps of the planet's topography and magnetic...

2011-06-16 12:18:00

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA scientists are making new discoveries about the planet Mercury. Data from MESSENGER, the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury, is giving scientists important clues to the origin of the planet and its geological history and helping them better understand its dynamic interior and exterior processes. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging...


Latest Mercury spacecraft Reference Libraries

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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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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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