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Upcoming Mercury Orbit Insertion Events

2011 promises to be a historic one for the MESSENGER mission and for the exploration of the Solar System more generally. This mosaic presents 12 image highlights from 2010:

January: Honoring Haitian Painter Benoit and American Photographer Lange
February: Spectacular Color... with Better Yet to Come
March: Rachmaninoff in Concert with Recently Named Craters on Mercury
April: How Mercury's Copland Received Its Name
May: Painting a Wave of Rays
June: The Complex Geology of Geddes Crater
July: Debussy and Its Hundreds of Miles of Rays
August: Earth and Moon from 114 Million Miles
September: Young Volcanism on Mercury
October: Looking Toward Mercury's Horizon
November: Mercury's Vast Expanses of Smooth Plains
December: The Impressive Rays of Hokusai

  • March 15, 1 p.m. EDT. NASA Media Teleconference to preview the orbit insertion.
  • March 17, 8:00 p.m. EDT. APL and The Planetary Society co-host a public lecture in APL’s Kossiakoff Center, featuring MESSENGER Project Scientist Ralph L. McNutt, Jr. RSVP online at http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/RSVP/.
  • March 17, 8:45 p.m. EDT MESSENGER's Mercury Orbit Insertion maneuver begins.
  • May 10, 1 p.m. EDT. NASA Press Conference to present early science findings from Mercury’s primary orbital mission. NASA Headquarters.


Details on all these events will be posted as they become available on the MESSENGER Mission Mercury Orbit Insertion Web site at  http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/mer_orbit.html.