Skip to comments.Messenger Orbital Insertion
Posted on 03/17/2011 5:18:43 PM PDT by Mmogamer
Watching now. Thanks for the heads up!
About 20 min till the burn starts...
Very hot actually....
I’m really looking forward to see what comes of this mission to Mercury. We’ve been amazed so many times over the years by these missions, who knows what they will find?
Messenger is now in orbit.
I’m watching NASA TV, and the discussion they just had about how they built Messenger was fascinating. They all talk about how it took 12 years from Powerpoint to Mercury Orbit, including 7 years the spacecraft has spent in transit!
In particular, the carbon fiber construction modules they came up with 12 years ago is just amazing, and it makes me wonder what these incredibly brilliant people are working on right now....
What will they have to show us in 12 more years? I realize NASA is downsizing along with much of the US Space program but there are still plenty of Universities with great programs that will continue to feed JPL and other groups that consistently come up with these amazing missions.
The things I’ve seen in just my lifetime....
Can’t wait for the new Mars rover
and the visit to Pluto
Lots to look forwards to.
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