Latest Mercury spacecraft Stories
A NASA spacecraft's third and final flyby of Mercury gives scientists, for the first time, an almost complete view of the planet's surface and provides new scientific findings about this relatively unknown world.
NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 pm EST on Tuesday, Nov 3, to announce scientific findings and release new images from the third and final flyby of Mercury by the Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging spacecraft, known as MESSENGER.
COLUMBIA, Md., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On September 29, NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft, more commonly referred to as "MESSENGER," flew within 142 miles of Mercury's surface. This was the spacecraft's third and final flyby of the planet.
US scientists say the Messenger spacecraft turned off its instruments during a highly-anticipated flyby of the planet Mercury, limiting data collection.
NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, which is toting an $8.7 million University of Colorado at Boulder instrument, will make its third and final flyby of Mercury on Sept. 29 -- a clever gravity-assist maneuver that will steer it into orbit around the rocky planet beginning in March 2011.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft known as MESSENGER will fly by Mercury for the third and final time on Sept. 29.
NASA's Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft known as MESSENGER will fly by Mercury for the third and final time on Sept. 29.
NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 pm EDT on Wednesday, Sept 23, to preview the third and final flyby of Mercury by the Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft known as MESSENGER.
In less than two weeks, on September 29, MESSENGER will fly by Mercury for the third and final time, a maneuver key to placing the probe on a trajectory that will enable its March 2011 insertion into orbit about Mercury.
On September 29, the MESSENGER spacecraft will pass by Mercury for the third time, flying 141.7 miles above the planetâ€™s rocky surface for a final gravity assist that will enable it to enter orbit about Mercury in 2011.
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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