Tuesday, March 22, 2011

First Spacecraft to Orbit Mercury Will Get New Postage Stamp in May

March 18, 2011 — NASA's MESSENGER probe entered orbit around Mercury Thursday evening, making history as the first spacecraft to circle the innermost planet from the Sun. But even before the well-traveled craft fired its main thruster to enter Mercury's gravitational influence, a U.S. postage stamp was waiting to celebrate its success.

"I for one was never worried," said MESSENGER's project manager Peter Bedeni from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, about the probe's orbital insertion.

Neither apparently was the U.S. Postal Service. Sitting in a USPS facility somewhere are 30 million postage stamps inscribed with . . .

Full story at: collectSPACE

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