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March 23, 2012
|The MESSENGER team has launched a free app that brings you inside NASA's history-making study of Mercury - the first images of the entire planet, along with the detailed data on Mercury's surface, geologic history, thin atmosphere, and active magnetosphere that MESSENGER sends back every day.
Now available in the iTunes App Store, "MESSENGER: NASA's Mission to Mercury" brings users the latest news and pictures from the mission, as well as details on the spacecraft and science instruments, and offers access to educational programs and activities.
Circle the innermost planet aboard MESSENGER, the first mission to orbit Mercury. Examine a detailed view of the MESSENGER spacecraft and its science instruments, browse the latest news and images, or trace the spacecraft's path over Mercury as it scans the scorched surface of the Sun's closest planetary neighbor. Can you take the heat?
Main Features Include:
Get up-to-the-minute reports from the MESSENGER Web News Center and Twitter feed.
Have the "Mercury Image of the Day" sent straight to your device; flip through hundreds of stunning pictures of Mercury taken by the spacecraft's cameras; watch videos that trace MESSENGER's 4.9-billion mile journey to Mercury that included six planetary flybys and 15 trips around the Sun.
Tour the robust MESSENGER spacecraft and science payload; see what MESSENGER was designed to learn about Mercury; pick up some quick facts about the mission and its planetary target.
Follow MESSENGER as it loops around Mercury; pinpoint its location over the surface; see how much time remains in its current, 12-hour orbit.
Education (iPad only)
Use the interactive QuickMap to view areas on Mercury observed or targeted for hi-resolution observation by MESSENGER instruments, locate craters and other "named" surface features, and explore detailed global and regional images.
The new app is available for download at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/messenger-nasas-mission-to/id510144229?ls=1&mt=8.
MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) is a NASA-sponsored scientific investigation of the planet Mercury and the first space mission designed to orbit the planet closest to the Sun. The MESSENGER spacecraft launched on August 3, 2004, and entered orbit about Mercury on March 18, 2011 (UTC), to begin a yearlong study of its target planet. MESSENGER's extended mission began on March 18, 2012. Dr. Sean C. Solomon, of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, leads the mission as Principal Investigator. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory built and operates the MESSENGER spacecraft and manages this Discovery-class mission for NASA.
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