NASA’s MESSENGER begins orbit round Mercury, will begin beaming again science early subsequent month
Mercury, the innermost planet of our humble little photo voltaic system, is getting itself an orbital pal. The MESSENGER area probe (generally known as MErcury Surface, Stempo ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging to his nearest and dearest) is concluding a six-yr sojourn by means of the darkish void of area with an elliptical orbit across the tiny and in any other case inhospitable planet. Methods are about to get turned on and absolutely checked subsequent week, earlier than the info-gathering part kicks off in earnest on April 4th. Science, is not it lovely?