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MESSENGER Provides New Look at Mercury's Landscape, Metallic Core, and Polar Shadows

Date: March 21, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. CDT (1:30 EDT)


Introduction

Since moving into orbit about Mercury a little over one year ago, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft has captured nearly 100,000 images and returned data that have revealed new information about the innermost planet, including its topography, the structure of its core, and areas of permanent shadow at the poles that host the mysterious polar deposits. The latest findings are presented in two papers published online in Science Express,  today, and in 57 papers presented this week at the 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas. The event will be streamed live on the Web at http://www.livestream.com/lpsc2012.



Panelists

- James L. Green, Director, NASA, Planetary Science, Division, Washington, D.C.
- Sean C. Solomon, MESSENGER Principal Investigator, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, D.C.
- Maria T. Zuber, MESSENGER Co-Investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
- Steve A. Hauck, II, MESSENGER Participating Scientist, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
- Nancy L. Chabot, Mercury Dual Imaging System Instrument Scientist, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.
- Ralph L. McNutt, Jr., MESSENGER Project Scientist, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.



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Contact Information

Paulette W. Campbell
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, Maryland
240.228.6792

Michael Buckley
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, Maryland
Phone: 240.228.7536



Event Information

This press conference will take place on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. CDT (1:30 p.m. EDT) at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel in the Woodlands Room.


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