Mercury Rising

En0108693445M-1Sending spacecraft to another planet is a pretty neat trick.  The number of disciplines that must work together perfectly to get a camera out to Mercury that can send back pictures to us is astounding and makes most of the technologies we invest in at Foundry Group look like child’s play.  This shot of Mercury was taken yesterday from a distance of 470,000 miles.  Today, the craft passed within 124 miles of the planet, its closest approach.  I’m looking forward to seeing the images from Messenger’s close-up with Mercury as soon as they are available.

  • …staring at the sun, I'm not the only one! Messenger is a mission put together by my old group at JHU Applied Physics Laboratory. If you're in for a tickle, check out the “Spider Web” on Mercury – http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos

  • Mark Salada

    …staring at the sun, I'm not the only one! Messenger is a mission put together by my old group at JHU Applied Physics Laboratory. If you're in for a tickle, check out the “Spider Web” on Mercury – http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos

  • Mark, very cool! Did you work on the project while you were there, or was that before/after your time?