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    NASA's Messenger Spacecraft to whiz by Venus today

    It is on its way to Mercury, and will be there in January of 2008, but right now it is currently flying by Venus and will shoot a laser through the clouds of Venus with hopes of gathering data in a way never done before with Earth's twin.

    http://www.redorbit.com/news/space/9...win/index.html

    The name of the laser is MLA--short for Mercury Laser Altimeter. It was designed to map the rocky topography of Mercury, but MLA turns out to have some nice properties for the study of Venus. Solomon explains: "Venus' atmosphere and clouds are nearly transparent at several infra-red wavelengths." The wavelength of the laser (1064 nm) is close to one of these spectral "windows," so it may be able to penetrate deep into the atmosphere. "It's a long shot, but we may even see returns from the surface of Venus," he speculates.
    That would be way cool to see the topography of Venus

    In addition to the laser, MESSENGER will scrutinize Venus using high-resolution cameras, a suite of spectrometers ranging in wavelength from infra-red to gamma-rays, an energetic particle counter and a magnetometer. Data from these instruments may shed new light on the chemistry of Venus' atmosphere and how it interacts with the solar wind.
    Can't wait to see new Venus photos!
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    Here are some pics of Earth that it took on its flyby out to Venus, to show you what we can expect in terms of photo quality of Venus and Mercury.

    http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/1...pagos_hres.jpg

    http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/1...rared_hres.jpg
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    Simply Amazing.

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    Awesome! Thanks for the links!

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    That's some sweet stuff.


    NASA has all the neat toys.
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    great stuff - Thanks Brent!
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    Satelites need to pee? And why did it choose Venus?

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    what?
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    "NASA's Messenger Spacecraft to whiz by Venus today"

    Sorry spacecraft, not satellite. Whiz-pee, by-near

    Certanly not my best work I must admit

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    lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spammy View Post
    Simply Amazing.

    Man, science sure did create a beautiful place.

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    So I am kind of dissapointed right now, there has been only one photo shown so far, and it is small and blurry.

    Main site - http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/

    Gallery - http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/the_miss...by_movies.html

    Photo of Venus at 10.3 million miles out - http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/the_miss...h_venus_lg.jpg

    There is no news at all on the Nasa.gov site - http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/me...ain/index.html

    I am highly dissapointed in Nasa right now, it use to be that within the same day of data and pictures taken you'd have a ton of info on the web, with this one, nothin, wtf
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent View Post
    ..NASA's Messenger Spacecraft to whiz by Venus today..
    Just wait until Spammy's spacecraft whizzes by Uranus tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoundEye View Post
    Just wait until Spammy's spacecraft whizzes by Uranus tonight.
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