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Media Telecon: Preview of MESSENGER Mercury Orbit Insertion
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Time: 1 p.m. EDT
Reporters may ask questions from participating NASA locations. The briefing will be streamed live on NASA's Web site at:


After more than a dozen laps through the inner solar system, NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft will move into orbit around Mercury on March 17. The durable, APL-built spacecraft – carrying seven science instruments and fortified against the blistering environs near the sun – will be the first to orbit the innermost planet. While orbiting Mercury, MESSENGER’s instruments will perform the first complete reconnaissance of the cratered planet’s geochemistry, geophysics, geologic history, atmosphere, magnetosphere and plasma environment.


Andrew B. Calloway, MESSENGER Mission Operations Manager, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
Carl S. Engelbrecht, MESSENGER Participating Scientist, JHU/APL
Sean C. Solomon, MESSENGER Principal Investigator, Carnegie Institution of Washington
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Contact Information:

Dwayne Brown, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, 202.358.1726/3895

Paulette Campbell, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, 240.228.6792

Tina McDowell, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, DC, 202.939.1120