WASHINGTON, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 15, to discuss the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury.
NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging, or MESSENGER, will enter orbit at approximately 9 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 17. The spacecraft has conducted more than a dozen laps through the inner solar system for the past 6.6 years.
Media teleconference participants are:
- Andy Calloway, MESSENGER mission operations manager, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md.
- Carl Engelbrecht, MESSENGER propulsion subsystem lead, APL
- Sean Solomon, MESSENGER principal investigator, Carnegie Institution of Washington
During the briefing, related images will be available at:
Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on NASA's website at:
At 10 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 16, NASA experts will hold a one-hour, live Web chat to answer questions about MESSENGER's orbital insertion. The chat window will open at 9:30 a.m. To participate, visit:
For more information about the mission, visit: