Archive for February 8th, 2008

Well, as you may or may not know, MESSENGER passed by Mercury not too long ago.

Excitingly, the instrument I got to help put on that ride is still working. Granted, by the time enough anal-retentive people review your designs it’s got a high likelihood of surviving, but there’s still that insecure part of you that dreads the phone call where someone says “Uh, the schnozzle broke on the beeblebobbit”.


But that’s negative thinking. On it’s first contact, Flyby #1, they turned the instrument on and the gosh-darned thing WORKED and it was able to detect sodium ions being sputtered off the Mercurian surface by the solar wind. How is that for cool?

mercury-parting-shots.jpg click on the pic for larger size view…

Information about the flyby can be found here, complete with images, movies, and general factoids:
Johns-Hopkins/APL Page on Mercury/MESSENGER

(pictures shown are courtesy of NASA and JHU/APL)

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Testing the waters of the blogging world. Figured I would be the last person to do it because, well, I hate to jump on bandwagons right away. That would be too much like being a lemming (“if everyone else jumped off a precipice into frigid water, would you do it too?”)

So anyway, more when I have something to say.

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Let’s have some fun.

Let’s actually do it when I figure out what the #%*^& I am doing.

Be patient.

– critter

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