National Aeronautics and Space Administration Logo
Follow this link to skip to the main content NASA Banner
Solar System Exploration
News & Events
'In Great Shape'
'In Great Shape'
10 Aug 2004
(Source: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)

http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/news_room/status_report_08_10_04.html

MESSENGER Status Report
August 10, 2004

With a successful launch behind them and a long cruise ahead, MESSENGER mission operators are checking out the systems on the Mercury-bound spacecraft.

"MESSENGER is in great shape and well on its way," says Mission Operations Manager Mark Holdridge, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, which built and operates MESSENGER.

Since liftoff on August 3 the operations team has checked out MESSENGER's communications system, getting strong signals from its medium- and low-gain antennas through NASA's Deep Space Network. It will check the guidance and control system this week before moving on to some of the spacecraft's science instruments. The team also continues to monitor power and temperature levels on the spacecraft, now more than 1.5 million miles from Earth.

MESSENGER is tentatively scheduled to carry out its first trajectory correction maneuver on Aug. 24, firing its medium-sized thrusters to adjust the course that will bring it back to Earth for a gravity-assist flyby next summer.

"We're going to take as long as we need to make sure every system works the way it's supposed to," Holdridge says. "Now that we've launched, we have time on our side."

News Archive Search  Go!
Show  results per page
 
 
Awards and Recognition   Solar System Exploration Roadmap   Contact Us   Site Map   Print This Page
NASA Official: Kristen Erickson
Advisory: Dr. James Green, Director of Planetary Science
Outreach Manager: Alice Wessen
Curator/Editor: Phil Davis
Science Writer: Autumn Burdick
Producer: Greg Baerg
Webmaster: David Martin
> NASA Science Mission Directorate
> Budgets, Strategic Plans and Accountability Reports
> Equal Employment Opportunity Data
   Posted Pursuant to the No Fear Act
> Information-Dissemination Policies and Inventories
> Freedom of Information Act
> Privacy Policy & Important Notices
> Inspector General Hotline
> Office of the Inspector General
> NASA Communications Policy
> USA.gov
> ExpectMore.gov
> NASA Advisory Council
> Open Government at NASA
Last Updated: 11 Aug 2004