October 7, 2008

MESSENGER Flies through Mercury’s Magnetosphere

his animation shows a conceptual sketch of Mercury’s magnetosphere at the time of the MESSENGER flyby. The graphs at the bottom show observations made by the Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer (FIPS) portion of the Energetic Particle and Plasma Spectrometer (EPPS) instrument as the spacecraft followed the indicated trajectory.

credit: NASA

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