A NASA Discovery mission to conduct the first orbital study
of the innermost planet
NASA logo carnegie institution logo JHU APL logo

Why Mercury?
The Mission
Gallery
Education
News Center
Science Operations
Who We Are
FAQs
Related Links
Contacts
Home


Download iPhone/iPad app Information about Mercury Flybys Question and Answer Mercury Orbit Insertion Where is MESSENGER? Where is Mercury now? Subscribe to MESSENGER eNews


The Payload Instruments

MESSENGER carries seven scientific instruments and a radio science experiment to accomplish an ambitious objective: return the first data from Mercury orbit. The miniaturized payload - designed to work in the extreme environment near the Sun - will image all of Mercury for the first time, as well as gather data on the composition and structure of Mercury's crust, its geologic history, the nature of its active magnetosphere and thin atmosphere, and the makeup of its core and the materials near its poles.

Overview of the Instruments

tcm19 from Sun

Get a general overview of MESSENGER's science payload instruments, or learn about each instrument in detail from the list on the right.

MDIS

 

GRNS

 

XRS

 

MAG

 

MLA

 

MASCS

 

EPPS

 

RS

 

 


   Top  | Contacts
© 1999-2014 by JHU/APL