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NASA to Release MESSENGER's First Orbital Images of Mercury

Posted: March 29, 2011

NASA to Release MESSENGER's First Orbital Images of Mercury

On board MESSENGER is the Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer (FIPS), a space instrument built by AOSS/SPRL at the University of Michigan. NASA will release the first orbital image of Mercury's surface, including previously unseen terrain, on Tuesday afternoon, March 29. Several other images will be available Wednesday, March 30 in conjunction with a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT to discuss these initial orbital images taken from the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury.

Full story at the MESSENGER mission site: http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/news_room/details.php?id=164

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