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Launch Services Program Series: MESSENGER

Tiffany Nail Host:
Tiffany Nail
Launch Services
Support Specialist

Mission Overview:
The MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging mission will reveal the secrets of the planet Mercury. NASA Direct takes you behind the scenes of this exciting mission to one of our terrestrial neighbors.

View Question Boards:
Science and Technology Question Board
Mission Profile and Spacecraft Question Board
James KennedySpecial Guest:
James Kennedy
Kennedy Space
Program Introduction and Welcome
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James Leary Special Guest:
James Leary
Mission System
Overview: What is the timeline of the MESSENGER mission? How does this spacecraft work? Leary will answer these questions and more about NASA's mission to planet Mercury.
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+ View James Leary's presentation
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+ View James Leary's Q&A Session
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+ View the "ABCs of ELVs"
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Chuck Dovale Special Guest:
Chuck Dovale
NASA Launch
Overview: How do you prepare a rocket and spacecraft for the stresses of launch and life in space? Dovale will explain launch processing and key events to look for during the countdown.
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Joel Tumbiolo Special Guest:
Joel Tumbiolo
Delta Launch
Weather Officer
Overview: An Air Force weather officer will give us an update on the launch day forecast, and what conditions are required for a safe launch.
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Prize Winners:
Juan from Spain - Mission Overview
Rich from Elk Grove - Mission Overview

The individuals above are our Grand Prize Winners. They will each receive a MESSENGER program package comprising an official launch poster, mission fact sheet, patch and lapel pin.