[FPSPACE] Fwd: MESSENGER Orbit Maneuver a "Go"

LARRY KLAES ljk4 at msn.com
Thu Mar 17 15:36:50 EDT 2011

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MESSENGER Mission News
March 17, 2011


MESSENGER Orbit Maneuver a "Go"

With less than six hours to go, MESSENGER  is on schedule for its 8:45 p.m. (EDT) rendezvous with Mercury. "The command sequence containing instructions to maneuver MESSENGER into orbit about Mercury is now executing, the science instruments have been turned off, and the propulsion system is conditioned for its big show this evening," says MESSENGER Project Manager Peter Bedini.

The MESSENGER team at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)  in Laurel, Md., expects confirmation of orbit by 10 p.m. (EDT).

Coverage of the mission will begin at 8 p.m. (EDT) tonight at APL's Kossiakoff Auditorium. The event will include a mission overview by MESSENGER Project Scientist Ralph L. McNutt, Jr., and live commentary by other scientists and engineers. The event will be broadcast live via Webcast at http://mfile.akamai.com/7111/live/reflector:22179.asx?bkup=22194. Note: This webcast cannot be viewed using Safari browser. Mozilla Firefox is recommended when viewing this webcast on a Mac.


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 after flybys of Earth, Venus, and Mercury will start a yearlong study of its target planet in March 2011. Dr. Sean C. Solomon, of the Carnegie Institution of Washington<http://www.ciw.edu/>, leads the mission as Principal Investigator. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory <http://www.jhuapl.edu/> built and operates the MESSENGER spacecraft and manages this Discovery<http://discovery.nasa.gov/>-class mission for NASA<http://www.nasa.gov/>.


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