MESSENGER Sends Back First Image of Mercury from Orbit

And it looks a lot like our moon…below is an artists rendition, and below the “Continue reading…” line is the actual image. From the MESSENGER website: Early this morning, at 5:20 am EDT, MESSENGER captured this historic image of Mercury. This image is the first ever obtained from a spacecraft in orbit about the Solar…

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MESSENGER Begins Historic Orbit Around Mercury

NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft successfully achieved orbit around Mercury at approximately 9 p.m. EDT Thursday. This marks the first time a spacecraft has accomplished this engineering and scientific milestone at our solar system’s innermost planet. For the next several weeks, APL engineers will be focused on ensuring the spacecraft’s systems are all working well in Mercury’s…