space news from around the webin association with SpaceNews

MESSENGER spacecraft passes critical design review
Posted: Mon, Apr 1, 2002, 8:23 AM ET (1323 GMT)
MESSENGER illustration (JHUAPL) NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, the first Mercury orbiter mission, has passed a critical design review, project officials announced Friday. The successful completion of the four-day review clears the way for construction of the spacecraft to begin. MESSENGER, which stands for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging, was selected in 1999 as part of NASA's Discovery program of low-cost planetary science missions. MESSENGER is scheduled for launch in 2004 and will make flybys of Mercury in 2007 and 2008 before going into orbit in 2009 for a one-year mission. The European Space Agency is planning its own Mercury orbiter mission, BepiColumbo, scheduled for launch in 2010.
<<previous article   next article>>
news in brief
Russia plans to resume crewed Soyuz launches in December
Posted: Sun, Nov 4 9:00 AM ET (1400 GMT)

China launches Beidou satellite
Posted: Sun, Nov 4 8:59 AM ET (1359 GMT)

Dawn mission declared over
Posted: Sun, Nov 4 8:58 AM ET (1358 GMT)

news links
Wednesday, November 14
Campus to honor Apollo 8
Tarrant County College District Collegian — 5:17 am ET (1017 GMT)

about   ·   ·   mailing list