03.10.11 - NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging, or MESSENGER, will enter orbit at approximately 9 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 17. The spacecraft has conducted more than a dozen laps through the inner solar system for the past 6.6 years.
03.07.11 - Ten days from now – on March 17 EDT – the MESSENGER spacecraft will execute a 15-minute maneuver that will place it into orbit about Mercury, making it the first craft ever to do so, and initiating a one-year science campaign to understand the innermost planet.
02.17.11 - After more than a dozen laps through the inner solar system, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft will move into orbit around Mercury on March 17, 2011. The durable spacecraft — carrying seven science instruments and fortified against the blistering environs near the Sun — will be the first to orbit the innermost planet.
12.07.10 - One hundred days from now, MESSENGER will execute a 15-minute maneuver that will place the spacecraft into orbit about Mercury, making it the first craft ever to do so, and initiating a one-year science campaign to understand the innermost planet. It has already been 14 years since this mission was first proposed to NASA, more than 10 years since the project officially began, and over six years since the spacecraft was launched.
10.27.10 - The Smithsonian Institution and SAE International (formerly the Society for Automotive Engineers) have honored papers published by scientists on the MESSENGER team.
09.03.10 - The MESSENGER team has just wrapped up a two-week flight test to ensure that the Mercury-bound spacecraft is ready for orbital operations. On March 18, 2011, MESSENGER will become the first spacecraft to enter into orbit about Mercury, embarking on a year-long mission to study in depth the planet closest to the Sun. The completion of this recent test provides a high-fidelity verification of the tools, processes, and procedures that are needed to conduct flight operations at Mercury.
01.07.08 - NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 10, to preview the historic Jan. 14 spacecraft flight past Mercury that will explore some of the last major never-seen-before terrain in the inner solar system.
05.31.05 - NASA’s Mercury-bound MESSENGER spacecraft – less than three months from an Earth flyby that will slingshot it toward the inner solar system – successfully tested its main camera by snapping distant approach shots of Earth and the Moon.
08.03.04 - NASA's MESSENGER -- set to become the first spacecraft to orbit the planet Mercury -- launched today at 2:15:56 a.m. EDT aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
08.02.04 - The launch of NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket was postponed this morning due to lightning potential from residual clouds that were associated with Tropical Storm Alex.
07.27.04 - The NASA Direct! Web site is featuring two webcast events and countdown coverage for MESSENGER. Programming begins July 29 at 2 p.m. EDT and concludes after launch.
07.27.04 - A prelaunch press conference will be held at the NASA News Center at KSC on Saturday, July 31, at 1 p.m. EDT. MESSENGER Mission Science Briefing and all related information can be accessed.
07.19.04 - MESSENGER is now firmly attached to the third stage of its Delta II launch vehicle in anticipation of the launch window that opens at 2:16 a.m. (EDT) on August 2.
07.15.04 - NASA's first trip to Mercury in 30 years starts on August 2 with the launch of the MESSENGER spacecraft from Cape Canaveral.
07.13.04 - The pre-launch press briefing will be held on Thursday, July 15, at 1 p.m. EDT at NASA Headquarters and broadcast on NASA TV.
07.12.04 - A media opportunity for MESSENGER, a NASA space probe to conduct the first scientific investigation of Mercury as it orbits the planet, is set for Wednesday, July 14, 10:15 a.m. EDT at the Astrotech Space Operations facility near KSC.
07.02.04 - Follow the status on the MESSENGER spacecraft and mission.
07.01.04 - Technicians at Astrotech in Titusville, Fla., guide into place the second solar panel for installment on NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft.