I hadn’t heard from them in a while, and just when I thought they had forgotten me…
They were thoughtful enough to send me this little note…
All kidding aside…this is a recent photo that NASA has released from the Messenger spacecraft. It’s mission is found in its name – MEcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging – or Messenger for short.
It is the first mission to reach Mercury since the Mariner 10 mission over 30 years ago, and is the first mission of this type actually intended to orbit the planet (Mariner was just a flyby opportunity).
This photo just offers another interesting view of our very small piece of real estate in the vastness of space.
- Whole New Mercury Promised by NASA Spacecraft (space.com)
- Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Mercury (spacefellowship.com)
- New U.S. Postage Stamps to Honor Mercury Probe, Alan Shepard (space.com)
- MESSENGER to Mercury: Six Flybys Down, One to Go (brighthub.com)