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MESSENGER closes in on Mercury

Started by maurice clark, 01/11/2008 09:11AM
Posted 01/11/2008 09:11AM | Edited 01/11/2008 09:42AM Opening Post
Only a couple more days until the first flyby!! smile

The first picture has been released. Does not show much, but it is a start. Looking forward to the first science returns next week!

More about the mission here:



Late addition: Excellent write-up of proposed science during this flyby by Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society. Good fodder for anyone interested in planetary science and exploration.

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Posted 01/11/2008 10:29PM #1
I was watching NASA TV today, and they said Mercury has a weak Magnetic field, and that it is possible that it might still have the parts of a liquid core. It also said Mercury has a thin atmosphere .Thanks Maurice for the update.



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