Category | Mars Mappers

By Nicole Gugliucci on May 21, 2014 in

If you’re working on a Mappers project you may wonder if you can go back and see your data. Well, you can! We’ve mentioned in several places that we don’t let you go back and change your marks since we want an honest assessment of someone’s markings as they are working, without second-guessing. But you […]

By Nicole Gugliucci on April 23, 2014 in

The MESSENGER spacecraft is making its closest approach to the surface of the planet Mercury right now, just 199 km (123.7 miles) above the surface. It has also reached a new milestone, a full 3,000 orbits of the planet. Before the spacecraft arrived in 2011, we had only imaged half of Mercury’s surface during a […]

By Nicole Gugliucci on March 11, 2014 in

The MESSENGER spacecraft team has released a three terabyte data set of its continuing mission to map and study the surface of Mercury. That’s almost a million mp3s, or 360 hours of HD movies, or 600,000 selfies. Except it’s actually science. MESSENGER is continuing its extended mission to characterize the surface, interior, and exosphere of […]

By Nicole Gugliucci on February 11, 2014 in

Last week, NASA announced that the MESSENGER spacecraft surpassed a huge milestone having returned 200,000 images of Mercury back to Earth. We say, congratulations! You deserve the best high-five ever! MESSENGER is now in its second extended mission studying Mercury and its environment. As the first spacecraft to orbit the innermost planet to the Sun, […]