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MESSENGER Recognized as 'Best of What's New' by Popular Science

Posted: November 21, 2011

MESSENGER was named a winner in Popular Science magazine's 24th annual "Best of What's New" in the Aviation and Space category. 

Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world's largest science and technology magazine, with a circulation of 1.3 million and 6.8 million monthly readers. Each year, the magazine's editors review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year in 11 categories: automotive, aviation & space, computing, engineering, gadgets, green tech, home entertainment, security, home tech, health and recreation. The winners—the Best of What's New—are awarded inclusion in the much-anticipated December issue of Popular Science, the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of Best of What's New in 1987. 

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"For 24 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us—those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our views of what's possible in the future," said Mark Jannot, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. "The Best of What's New Award is the magazine's top honor, and the 100 winners—chosen from among thousands of entrants—represent the highest level of achievement in their fields."

"The MESSENGER team is honored to receive this recognition from Popular Science," says Principal Investigator Sean Solomon, of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. "The intensive exploration of the Sun's nearest planet has been an exhilarating adventure that we are delighted to share with the global public."

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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 entered orbit about Mercury on March 18, 2011 UTC, to begin its primary mission—a yearlong study of its target planet. Dr. Sean C. Solomon, of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, leads the mission as Principal Investigator. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory built and operates the MESSENGER spacecraft and manages this Discovery-class mission for NASA.

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