MESSENGER Status Report
January 10,2005

Looking Ahead: MESSENGER is in good health and operating normally. Last week mission operators at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory transmitted commands to MESSENGER's computers that will trigger all sequenced operations for the next two weeks, including additional calibration and checkout of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) instrument.

Beyond that, the spacecraft and science teams are looking toward several key events in 2005:

Stat Corner: MESSENGER is about 95.2 million miles (153.3 million kilometers) from the Sun and 29.8 million miles (47.9 million kilometers) from Earth. At that distance, a signal from Earth reaches the spacecraft in 2 minutes, 40 seconds. The spacecraft is moving around the Sun at 64,971 miles (104, 561 kilometers) per hour. MESSENGER's onboard computers have executed 22,820 commands from mission operators since launch.