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Some news of the planet Mercury from the AGU Fall conference

16 Dec 2009, 09:32 UTC
Some news of the planet Mercury from the AGU Fall conference
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Fifteen days ago, I wrote a short post on this blog to let you know that I was flying to Cleveland, OH to meet colleagues interesting in space mission design. Without realizing it, this project has been taking over all my time and my energy (including nights of work and thinking) and produced a roller-coaster of excellent and bad news. Because it is still uncertain what exactly it is going to happen I will not mention it today, but I will keep you posted as soon I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Today I will focus my post on a very positive note which is the session Mercury and the Messenger mission that I attended at the AGU Fall conference.
Artist drawing of the spacecraft Messenger in orbit around Mercury (credit: NASA-JHU)
The American Geophyscial Union (AGU) Fall Conference is organized every year in December in San Francisco, CA in the Moscone Center, a gigantic conference center located 30 min from my house in BART. It is a delight for me to be able to attend this well-known conference without having to deal with airports, hotel and all the headache linked with traveling around the world. ...

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