Date: March 30, 2011, at 2 p.m. EDT
NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft entered orbit around Mercury March 17, becoming the first spacecraft to ever do so. While orbiting Mercury, MESSENGER’s instruments will perform the first complete reconnaissance of the planet’s geochemistry, geophysics, geologic history, atmosphere, magnetosphere, and plasma environment. On March 29, the Mercury Dual Imaging System was turned on and began capturing the first of thousands of orbital images.
- Eric J. Finnegan, MESSENGER Mission Systems Engineer, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
- Sean C. Solomon, MESSENGER Principal Investigator, Carnegie Institution of Washington
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The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
The NASA MESSENGER Media Telecon will take place on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 2 p.m. EDT. Reporters may ask questions from participating NASA locations. The briefing also will be streamed live on NASA's Web site at: http://www.nasa.gov.