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NASA’s Messenger Enters Orbit of Mercury

NASA has been prepping Messenger for more than six years since its launch in August of 2004 for conducting experiments while orbiting the innermost planet of our solar system.

Messenger entered Mercury’s orbit on March 17 and is planned to activate its scientific instruments on March 24. The first tests are scheduled to take place on April 4, while NASA said that it will be posting first images of Mercury beginning March 29. It is the first time in more than 35 years when Mariner 10 flew past Mercury in 1974 and 1975 and photographed about 45% of mercury’s surface.

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