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of the innermost planet
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Who We Are

The MESSENGER Team is composed of many different individuals, with a wide variety of roles and responsibilities. Scientists and engineers from across the country are involved in all aspects of the mission. All of these individuals work together to make the MESSENGER mission possible and ensure its success.

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Susan EnsorHighlighted Team Member: Susan Ensor
Software Engineer Oversees MESSENGER Science Operations

From the seven instruments and the radio science experiment on the MESSENGER spacecraft, hundreds of thousands of images, millions of spectra, and many other types of data have been collected, and the more than 10 terabytes of science products created from those data will be analyzed for decades. The mission’s Science Operations Center (SOC) enabled the team to collect and catalogue the data, and for the last eight years Susan Ensor has led the center’s efforts. Read about Ensor and her role on the MESSENGER mission here.

The MESSENGER core team consists of individuals from across all aspects of the mission, managing how each of the sub teams work together, influence each other, and affect the mission as a whole.

MESSENGER's Science Team is composed of scientists from different institutions and with different areas of expertise to form a comprehensive, diverse team that is well qualified to address the scientific objectives of the MESSENGER mission.

Each of the MESSENGER instruments has a team devoted to its development, calibrations, and operations during the mission, working to ensure that the returned scientific data will provide unprecedented insights into Mercury.

Each subsystem of the MESSENGER spacecraft has a team of highly qualified engineers involved in the design, testing, and operations of the mission, committed to seeing MESSENGER become the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury.

Mission Operations Center

The MESSENGER Mission Operations Team serves as the interface between the Science and Engineering Teams and the MESSENGER spacecraft, expertly handling all contact with the spacecraft during the mission.

MESSENGER participation can be found all across the country, with some international contributions too. An interactive map shows the many involvements that all come together to create the MESSENGER mission.

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