St. Patrick’s Day Mercury


A week from today, the MESSENGER will be checking out the first rock from the Sun. Remember to hoist a green beer or two to NASA.

MESSENGER Spacecraft to Swing Into Orbit Around Mercury

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.

At about 8:45 pm Eastern Daylight Time on March 17, the MESSENGER spacecraft will execute a 15-minute maneuver that will place it into orbit around Mercury, making it the first craft ever to do so, and initiating a one-year science campaign to understand the innermost planet.

See also:
At last! Messenger craft poised to orbit Mercury
MESSENGER poised for Mercury orbit insertion
MESSENGER Poised For Mercury Orbit Insertion
NASA’s Messenger Spacecraft Gears Up to Orbit Mercury
Next Week Messenger Probe Will Become First Craft To Orbit Mercury
When Messenger Arrives in Orbit: Q&A With Sean Solomon, NASA’s Mercury Boss
Planet Mercury in the news next week
NASA – MESSENGER – Unlocking the Secrets of Mercury
MESSENGER

I’m sure the scientists will find this interesting although, as far as planets go, Mercury is pretty much worthless. It doesn’t have an atmosphere and it’s way too hot.

/that said, it was launched seven years ago and it’s not costing us much extra at this point, so go MESSENGER, send us back some good data

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