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  • NASA Media Telecon Previews First Spacecraft to Orbit Mercury  →

    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.

  • Ten Days from Mercury Orbit Insertion  →

    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.

  • One Month Until Mercury Orbit Insertion  →

    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.

  • One Hundred Days until Mercury Orbit Insertion  →

    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.

  • Smithsonian, SAE International Honor Papers Published by MESSENGER Team Members  →

    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.

  • MESSENGER Team Completes Two-Week Orbital Flight Test  →

    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.

  • NASA Teleconference to Preview MESSENGER's Flyby of 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.

  • Mercury-Bound NASA Probe Snaps First Approach Shots Before August Flyby  →

    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.

  • Mercury-Bound MESSENGER Launches From Cape Canaveral  →

    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.

  • MESSENGER Launch Rescheduled for Aug. 3  →

    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.

  • NASA Direct! Covers Launch  →

    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.

  • Note to Editors  →

    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.

  • Next Stop: The Launch Pad  →

    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.

  • Sending a Messenger to Mercury

    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.

  • MESSENGER Mission to Mercury

    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.

  • MESSENGER Media Opportunity Set for Wednesday, July 14  →

    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.

  • MESSENGER Status Reports  →

    07.02.04 - Follow the status on the MESSENGER spacecraft and mission.

  • MESSENGER Spacecraft Receives its Sun Catchers  →

    07.01.04 - Technicians at Astrotech in Titusville, Fla., guide into place the second solar panel for installment on NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft.