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MESSENGER ARRIVES, Mercury Orbit Insertion
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post Mar 17 2011, 05:29 AM
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Less than 20 hours now until the MESSENGER spacecraft fires its engine to enter orbit at Mercury.

Live Webcast March 17th – broadcast starts at 0030 UTC.

Follow the progress: http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/mer_orbit.html.
There will be commentary on the mission, real-time coverage of the maneuver, animation of what the spacecraft is doing, a view of the carrier’s Doppler as they receive it, and live video from MESSENGER Mission Operations.

Remember that the Canberra DSN is providing two-way communication with MESSENGER smile.gif
We'll be using both DSS43 (70-metre) and DSS34 (34-metre) antennas.

Good luck to the team at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).
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post Mar 17 2011, 06:19 AM
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Aim your dishes well, Astro0, and may no passing birds cause the loss of a single bit! tongue.gif

Very exciting time. "Firsts" just never get old. Best of luck to the entire Messenger team, including of course the FAR too-often unappreciated people who keep the DSN up & running!


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post Mar 17 2011, 06:39 AM
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Mercury is a disk already in the 'where is MESSENGER now' view. It's getting exciting already...
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post Mar 17 2011, 12:15 PM
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7.9 billion kilometers just to get there. That makes it one of the longest distances flown by a spacecraft:
(http://www.dmuller.net/spaceflight/realstats.php?stats=flown).

Anyway, my standard realtime simulation is now updated for MOI:
http://www.dmuller.net/messenger


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post Mar 17 2011, 02:25 PM
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I can't get "Mars" Orbit Insertion (MOI) out of my head, rather than Mercury Orbit Insertion (MOI) !!!!
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post Mar 17 2011, 07:24 PM
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Is there a way to listen to MOI via my cell phone?

I would love to watch but I'm working at that time.

Audio would be great!

Any help?
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post Mar 17 2011, 07:55 PM
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Is it so that there is no following of the MOI on any Nasa-TV channels?

Answering my own post: looks like that the Nasa-TV schedule has been updated and Messenger will be followed on Nasa-TV from 19:55 ESST onwards:
7:55 p.m. - MESSENGER: Mercury Orbit Insertion Coverage from APL - APL/HQ (ALL Channels)


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post Mar 17 2011, 10:24 PM
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Since this mission's run by JHUAPL and not JPL, do we still need to get our dry-roasted peanuts for MOI?
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post Mar 17 2011, 10:35 PM
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QUOTE (dmuller @ Mar 17 2011, 07:15 AM) *
7.9 billion kilometers just to get there. That makes it one of the longest distances flown by a spacecraft:
(http://www.dmuller.net/spaceflight/realstats.php?stats=flown).

Anyway, my standard realtime simulation is now updated for MOI:
http://www.dmuller.net/messenger


Shouldn't the last item on that list read "Start of first mission extension"?
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post Mar 17 2011, 11:36 PM
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It's in Eyes on the Solar System as well - complete with the change of attitude, and the engine burn smile.gif http://go.usa.gov/4u1

(shortcut works great in Firefox/Safari/IE - but there's a bug that we need to sort out about Chrome)
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post Mar 17 2011, 11:37 PM
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Good to know! I tried getting MESSENGER to work in Celestia with the spice kernels available from the PDS, but it keeps balking sad.gif


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post Mar 18 2011, 12:30 AM
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Hello everyone.
Pretty exciting !
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post Mar 18 2011, 12:31 AM
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QUOTE
It's in Eyes on the Solar System as well


Yes and Mercury is getting quite large on the screen. smile.gif Eyes On The Solar System is definitely a great tool!
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post Mar 18 2011, 12:43 AM
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I like the Irish music in the background of some of the on-line presentations. Nice!

Being part of this exploration history never gets old...
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post Mar 18 2011, 12:56 AM
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Start of burn confirmed, looking at Doppler.
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