Mercury as captured during MESSENGER's third flyby of the planet in September 2009. The image on the left is an approximation of how Mercury's true color might appear to a human eye. In contrast, the brightly colored view of Mercury on the right was created by applying statistical methods that accentuate the subtle color differences on Mercury's surface.
Image: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
NASA MESSENGER meeting
June 8, 2010
Members of NASA’s MESSENGER science team will be meeting at MIT from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9, in 32-141.
MESSENGER is a NASA Discovery mission that is scheduled to begin orbiting the planet Mercury in March 2011 and will be the first mission to visit Mercury in 30 years. The primary purpose of the team meeting, which is held two to three times per year, is to prepare team members, including Maria Zuber, chair of MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, for orbital operations.
The meeting is open to the public.
For more information on the mission, visit http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/