MESSENGER - Orbital Mission To Mars Galaxy S3 Cover
MESSENGER (an acronym of MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) (also the name of the Roman god it is named after) is a robotic NASA spacecraft orbiting the planet Mercury, the first spacecraft ever to do so. The 485-kilogram (1,070 lb.) spacecraft was launched aboard a Delta II rocket in August 2004 to study Mercury's chemical composition, geology, and magnetic field. It became the second mission after 1975's Mariner 10 (launched by NASA on November 3, 1973) to reach Mercury successfully when it made a flyby in January 2008, followed by a second flyby in October 2008, and a third flyby in September 2009. MESSENGER's formal data collection mission began on April 4, 2011. The primary mission was completed on March 17, 2012, having collected close to 100,000 images. MESSENGER achieved 100% mapping of Mercury on March 6, 2013, and completed its first year-long extended mission on March 18, 2013. It is awaiting approval of a second one-year extension as of June 2013. The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and Carnegie Institution of Washington are among the participants in the mission. We are widely known for our logos! So much so that we even sold a set of products for a Commander of a Space Shuttle Mission AND a Blue Angels sweatshirt to Blue Angel 7 a few years back!! We do special orders and customization and its always free. We are officially licensed by NASA, also! Want a NASA or JPL logo on the back or inside of a product??