Latest MESSENGER mission Stories
Ten years ago, on August 3, 2004, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, for a risky mission that would take the small satellite dangerously close to Mercury’s surface, paving the way for an ambitious study of the planet closest to the Sun.
Larry Nittler, a staff scientist in the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, has been named deputy principal investigator of the MESSENGER mission.
This week, MESSENGER's Mercury Dual Imaging System delivered the 100,000th image of Mercury since the spacecraft entered into orbit around the planet on March 18, 2011.
Discover magazine has named the MESSENGER mission one of the top 100 stories of 2011, coming in at 25 among the 100.
NASA has announced that it will extend the MESSENGER mission for an additional year of orbital operations at Mercury beyond the planned end of the primary mission on March 17, 2012.
Mercury and its environment constitute a complex system that includes interactions among the interplanetary medium, the planetâ€™s magnetic field, its tenuous atmosphere (or exosphere), and its surface.
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft successfully achieved orbit around Mercury at approximately 9 p.m. EDT Thursday.
Scientists are excited about solving some of the mysteries surrounding our smallest and hottest planet; the findings are expected to broaden our understanding of rocky planets, more and more of which are being discovered in other solar systems.
NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 pm EDT on Tuesday, March 15, to discuss the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury.
The MESSENGER team has just wrapped up a two-week flight test to ensure that the Mercury-bound spacecraft is ready for orbital operations.
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