Krswan writes "From the NASA press release: 'At 9:10 p.m. EDT, engineers in the delegate Mission operational research Center at the Johns Hopkins health center Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., received the expected radiometric signals confirming nominal burn shutdown and successful insertion of the bearer probe into orbit around the planet Mercury.' If you don't know much about this little spacecraft, check out its website. Designed with a thoroughly
copyrights:cite this source roget's ii: the new thesaurus passive cooling system, it will stay at 600C on the sun side, but room temperature behind the sunshade. During its 6-year journey it used solar panels as sails, relying on the solar wind instead of thrusters to adjust its trajectory. Over the next year it will build a high-res map of Mercury, and maybe mark if there is really ice hiding within polar craters (PDF)."
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