Timeline

Activity Time (UT)
Rotate spacecraft (turning sunshade toward the Sun) 13:00-13:19
Energetic Particle Spectrometer begins Earth observations 13:16
MDIS color images of South America (part 1) 13:38-14:03
MDIS color images of South America (part 2) 16:55-17:20
Closest approach 19:13
Rotate spacecraft (sunshade away from the Sun) 20:20-20:24
MDIS color imaging sequence of Amazon Basin 21:50-22:15
MDIS color images for departure "movie" 22:16 (Aug 2)-23:38 (Aug 3)

Notes and Background Activities
  • To convert UT (universal time) into your local time, visit http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/zones.html
  • MDIS is the Mercury Dual Imaging System
  • The Energetic Particle Spectrometer is part of the Energetic Particle and Plasma Spectrometer (EPPS) instrument
  • The Magnetometer (MAG) instrument will be on and making measurements from July 31 to August 11.
  • The Fast Imaging Plasma Spectromter segment of the EPPS instrument is scheduled to make solar wind observations on August 7.
  • The Mercury Atmospheric and Surface Composition Spectrometer (MASCS) will make several observations of Earth's hydrogen corona between August 8-September 1.
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