View Full Version : Third and Final Flyby of Mercury for MESSENGER Next Week

2009-Sep-24, 05:00 PM
Next week, on September 29, 2009 the MESSENGER spacecraft will fly by Mercury for the third and final time, looking at areas not seen before in the two previous passes. The spacecraft will pass 141.7 miles above the planetís rocky surface, receiving an a final gravity assist that will enable it to enter orbit [...]

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2009-Sep-24, 05:06 PM
...can't wait for orbital insertion in 2011! :) All that science and discoveries to look forward to! {rubs hands together eagerly}

2009-Sep-24, 08:28 PM
The messenger surely will be about great new's.
Hope the science will be even better.

GO Mess GO.