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MESSENGER Kicks Off Yearlong Campaign of Mercury Science

Posted: April 5, 2011

MESSENGER Kicks Off Yearlong Campaign of Mercury Science

On April 4, MESSENGER began its yearlong science campaign to understand the innermost planet. An onboard device dubbed FIPS (Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer), designed and built at the University of Michigan will take atmospheric measurements.  The spacecraft will fly around Mercury 700 times over the next 12 months, and its instruments will perform the first complete reconnaissance of the cratered planets geochemistry, geophysics, geological history, atmosphere, magnetosphere, and plasma environment.

Full story: http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/news_room/details.php?id=166

For more information about the Mercury orbit insertion, visit http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/mer_orbit.html

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