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Posted by: binarysunrise - Fri Jul 30, 2004 10:10 pm
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Post By the way...   Posted on: Tue Aug 03, 2004 6:22 pm
From NASA's Messenger Site:

"The MESSENGER spacecraft lifted off on-time aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket from pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 2:15:56.537 a.m. EDT. MESSENGER has successfully begun its mission to unravel the mysteries of planet Mercury.

MESSENGER is a scientific investigation of the planet Mercury. Understanding Mercury, and the forces that have shaped it, is fundamental to understanding the terrestrial planets and their evolution. Just what is a terrestrial planet? It is a group of planets that are like Earth.

The MESSENGER spacecraft will orbit Mercury following three flybys of that planet. The orbital phase will use the flyby information as an initial guide to perform a focused scientific investigation of this mysterious world.

MESSENGER will enter Mercury orbit in March 2011 and carry out comprehensive measurements for one Earth year. The data-collection phase of the mission will conclude in March 2012."

All I can say is: It's about time. ;)

Weather is finally calming down a bit here... We are getting showers on and off all day as opposed to a 4 day torrential downpour that we had before. :evil:

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Post    Posted on: Wed Aug 04, 2004 3:28 am
Hurrah! MESSENGER is heading to the best beach this side of the Solar System. Don't forget the sunblock and beach umbrella! :twisted:


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Post    Posted on: Wed Aug 04, 2004 11:55 pm
haha, and something to do for the insanely long car ride there... "Are we there yet?!" :shock:

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Post    Posted on: Thu Aug 05, 2004 12:44 am
eraurocktchick87 wrote:
haha, and something to do for the insanely long car ride there... "Are we there yet?!" :shock:


Heh... You can always count the out-of-state license plates..... "Oh, look, there's one from Rigel! Ooh, and another from Alpha Centauri!"

Seriously, though: a live cam feed from Mercury of a CME..... Wow. Just wow. Not like the camera would last more than a few milliseconds (much less the transmission)......

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Post    Posted on: Thu Aug 05, 2004 9:02 pm
eraurocktchick87 wrote:
From the ESA Website:

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Some speculate that perhaps microbes in the atmosphere are responsible. If ESA's Venus Express is given the final go-ahead later this year, it might help solve the mystery.


It might... doesn't sound like they are sure if it can or not.

I've heard that Sweden is supposedly going to launch something to collect some of Venus's atmosphere later this decade, but I was unable to find that on their website so I'm not sure. I've emailed them so we'll find out soon enough.


I could not find anything about a Swedish opposition. On the contrary, the Swedish plan to do it with an own probe:
Take a look at : http://www.solstation.com/stars/venus.htm
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The European Space Agency's Venus Express mission, which will investigate the planet's atmosphere, is scheduled for launch in 2005, but in the meantime, the Swedish Space Agency is looking for international partners to develop their idea for a mission to return a sample of the atmosphere from Venus around 2010


Some time ago there was also some other info on Venus on http://www.ssc.se/ but they seemed to have cleaned it up, just like the data on the Phoenix project (a mini-shuttle) .


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Post    Posted on: Tue Aug 10, 2004 8:11 am
Sorry eraurocktchick87, I misread your previous entry. The Swedish are indeed supposed to launch such a mission.


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Post    Posted on: Sat Aug 14, 2004 3:03 am
It's all good :) *twiddles thumbs waiting for the 6 year car ride to end*

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Post    Posted on: Sat Aug 14, 2004 11:25 am
Wanna play cards? ;) I brought some movies, too... I hope you have the TV and DVD player. :D

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Post    Posted on: Sat Aug 14, 2004 3:18 pm
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Wanna play cards? ;) I brought some movies, too... I hope you have the TV and DVD player. :D


Would be good if MESSENGER comes with a PS/2/NES emu and some ROMS and digital cable. :twisted:


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Post    Posted on: Sat Aug 14, 2004 5:01 pm
Digital cable? Maybe some well positioned satellite TV ;) Lets play war, that card game will take up the entire trip to Mercury and back :lol:

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