June 6, 2020

30.03.11: Welcome to Mercury!

A new resident has taken up orbit around the solar systemís inner most-world. Fresh from orbital insertion earlier this month, NASAís Messenger spacecraft opened its eyes and began relaying images that have been a web sensation over the past 24 hours. Messenger is currently 6 light minutes from Earth; its looping orbit takes it from a periapsis of about 200 km to apsis at 1,500 km.

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