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Mercury flyby today

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Spacecraft Messenger is doing a drive by today on Mercury –

Right around noon today, if all goes as planned, a spacecraft called Messenger will swoop past the planet Mercury and begin two days of unprecedented picture-taking and data-collecting.

The flyby, the first visit to Mercury in more than 33 years by an emissary from Earth, will mark a key moment in a NASA mission that will ultimately place the first satellite into orbit around the tiny planet that sits closest to the sun.

Mercury flyby – Link.

7 thoughts on “Mercury flyby today

  1. there are makers who work @ NASA. part of posts like this is to continue to promote awareness of space projects and inspire the next generation of explorers.

  2. I have to agree with Woeka on this one — how is this *specific* story Make: related? We have Slashdot, et al., to give us space news; let’s keep Make: about making stuff.

  3. 99.999999% of the posts are making things, makers work at NASA too, and a maker sent this in to us – so i think it’s ok, it’ll be off the page by the end of the day.

  4. If there were five of these a day they may have a point, but there aren’t.
    I for one appreciate the post.

  5. I quite approve of this post. See also BBC. Elements of this site’s readership are perhaps too vocal concerning off-themed posts. Those who build rockets in their garage will likely appreciate the update & chance to comment on it on their favorite website. Are they really so heinous? It best serves the peace of the community this site engenders & assists to add to the discussion, not take away.

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