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In just over twelve days from now, the Messenger space probe will go into orbit around our innermost planet, Mercury. See http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/index.php for latest mission timings.

After 2405 days in space and 15+ circuits of the sun (see http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/whereis/index.php), it about to go into orbit around Mercury. It has flown by Earth, Venus and Mercury in order to change velocity sufficiently to be able to go into orbit without requiring a massive amount of propellant.

Posted on Saturday, March 5, 2011 2:23 PM | Back to top


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Quiet remarkable if you think about it. Almost seven years in space and it has survived without getting too far off track.
Left by Roy on Mar 06, 2011 2:09 AM

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