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MESSENGER's New Maps Named One of 2009's Top Discoveries by Discover Magazine

Posted: January 26, 2010

MESSENGER's New Maps Named One of 2009's Top Discoveries by Discover Magazine

Three preliminary flybys of Mercury by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, which includes the AOSS/SPRL built instrument, FIPS, have produced a vast amount of new information about Mercury's surface, atmosphere and magnetic field and has been named by Discover Magazine as #28 of the Top 100 Stories of 2009. FIPS (Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer) is part of the Energetic Particle and Plasma Spectrometer (EPPS). AOSS Faculty Thomas Zurbuchen is a Principal Investigator on the project.

Read Top 100 Stories of 2009 #28: Probe Shows Mercury’s Hidden Face at http://discovermagazine.com/2010/jan-feb/28.

Read Discover's Top 100 Stories of 2009 at http://discovermagazine.com/columns/top-100-stories-of-2009

Read the MESSENGER news release MESSENGER Team Releases First Global Map of Mercury at http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/news_room/details.php?id=141

Read the NASA news release MESSENGER Spacecraft Reveals More Hidden Territory on Mercury at http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2008/oct/HQ_08-275_Messenger_Mercury.html

For more information on FIPS, visit the The Solar and Heliospheric Research Group's MESSENGER/FIPS website.

For MESSENGER mission details, visit the MESSENGER Mission at JHUAPL.

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