“…as we send a messenger to the stars”

The Messenger payload nudged itself into orbit around Mercury yesterday!

Note the heavy sunshield that protects the probe from the sun.

Here was its flawless launch:

Now, almost 7 years after launch, and flyby slingshots off of Earth once, Venus twice, and Mercury itself three times, we’ll get far and away our best data from Mercury yet.

And for those folk who enjoy a bit of whimsical music:

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One comment on ““…as we send a messenger to the stars”

  1. I actually like the Jupiter and Saturn movements better, but Mercury is, well, cute.

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