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[BBC] Messenger probe enters Mercury orbit

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Nasa's Messenger spacecraft has successfully entered into orbit around the planet Mercury - the first probe to do so.

The robotic explorer initiated a 14-minute burn on its main thruster at 0045 GMT on Friday.
Good news for nasa, since they recently lost that satelite.

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interesting, reminds me of the movie sunshine
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here's hoping they can take moar pics
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its too bad mercury is one of the more "boring" planets. I want a probe that can drill deep into the ice on europa . (yes I know its a moon)
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its too bad mercury is one of the more "boring" planets. I want a probe that can drill deep into the ice on europa . (yes I know its a moon)
I agree. I think the moons of the two giants would yield much more interesting discoveries.
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I watched a National Geographic called Universe which showed a complete series about space and they're currently developing a machine that can operate itself so it won't have to receive human commands. Jupiter's and Europa's (if Europa has a magnetic field. It's large enough) magnetic fields would disturb the signal and the distance is too great unless satellite gateways were placed between Europa and Earth but because all the planets and moons revolve, there are points in the day that the signals would be weak. Europa is really the main priority right now.
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Another Jupiter probe that actually survives long enough to take some deep-atmosphere imagery and videos would be very interesting.
    
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They said if they were to send a human into Jupiter, they would need heavy lead protection which would be hard to get off the ground. I suppose a lead satellite would be hard to use since you have such fragile tools that would be crushed. In the video, some people believe that Jupiter was a failed star. If it was complete, I was thinking about the earth going in a figure 8 around both stars . That just made me think about Star Wars where they have some planets with 2 or more suns.
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its too bad mercury is one of the more "boring" planets. I want a probe that can drill deep into the ice on europa . (yes I know its a moon)
That's no moon...

Sorry I had to.
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They said if they were to send a human into Jupiter, they would need heavy lead protection which would be hard to get off the ground. I suppose a lead satellite would be hard to use since you have such fragile tools that would be crushed. In the video, some people believe that Jupiter was a failed star. If it was complete, I was thinking about the earth going in a figure 8 around both stars . That just made me think about Star Wars where they have some planets with 2 or more suns.
It's not a hard stretch to think that Jupiter may been a failed star. Most star (solar) systems are binary systems. Perhaps, if Saturn had not been able to gather as much material as it did, than Jupiter would most definitely be a companion star to Sol.
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