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MESSENGER Orbit Insertion
MESSENGER Orbit Insertion
16 Mar 2011

Artist's concept of MESSENGER in orbit around Mercury.
The public is invited to the Kossiakoff Conference and Education Center at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, starting at 7:30 PM EDT on March 17, 2011.

The timeline for activities on March 17 is as follows:

  • Guests are welcomed - 8:00 PM (overview by Dr R McNutt) to 8:45 PM
  • Orbit insertion maneuver execution - 8:54 PM to 9:09 PM (ground-receipt time)
  • Begin reconfiguration of spacecraft for normal operations and telemetry - 9:28 PM
  • Official status announcement - 10:00 PM (nominally)

Note that times shown are in local time; the one-way light time to MESSENGER is roughly 9 minutes.

For info on the Kossiakoff Center see: and the map in the attached info packet below.

APL directions are at:

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