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NASA Releasing New Spacecraft Orbital Views Of Mercury
NASA Releasing New Spacecraft Orbital Views Of Mercury
10 Jun 2011

Mercury's Caloris Basin. This image was taken before orbit insertion and is from the January 14th flyby of the MESSENGER spacecraft. Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON -- NASA will host a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 16, to reveal new images and science findings from the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury. The event will be held in the NASA Headquarters auditorium located at 300 E St. SW, in Washington. NASA Television and the agency's website will broadcast the event.

MeSSENGER and Mercury
The MESSENGER spacecraft.

NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging, or MESSENGER spacecraft conducted more than a dozen laps through the inner solar system for six years prior to achieving the historic orbit insertion on March 17.

Briefing participants are:
-- Brett Denevi, scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) , Laurel, Md.
-- Ralph McNutt, Jr., MESSENGER project scientist, APL
-- Larry Nittler, scientist, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington
-- Sean Solomon, MESSENGER principal investigator, Carnegie Institution

Reporters may attend the event, ask questions from participating NASA locations, or join by phone. To obtain dial-in information, journalists must email Dwayne Brown at with their name, media affiliation and work telephone number by 9 a.m. on June 16.

For more information about the mission, visit:

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and schedule information, visit:

Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington

Paulette Campbell
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.


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Last Updated: 10 Jun 2011