Mercury is the mythological messenger of the gods, and MESSENGER is a scientific exploration project organized and executed by NASA dedicated to the planet Mercury. MESSENGER stands for "MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging" and it appropriately represents the project's wide range of scientific goals. Visitors interested in learning about the spacecraft that the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory designed and built to be the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury, should click on the "Mission" link on the left side menu, then click on "Spacecraft". The thermal design, weight and cost requirements of such a craft are given, along with some photos. The "Gallery" link is a multimedia smorgasbord of material about the mission, including "maps", "images", "movies", "animations", "artists' impressions", "flyby visualization tools", and "photos". Visitors will find the short movie, "Earth Departure", which is a sequence of photos taken from the MESSENGER as it flew by earth, to be an emotional experience.


  • Science > Technology
  • Science > Astronomy

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


Informal Education,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-021,Higher Education,NSDL,Undergraduate (Upper Division),oai:nsdl.org:2200/20110901232957412T,Undergraduate (Lower Division),Science -- Space sciences,Technical Education (Lower Division),High School,Space Science,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Science -- Astronomy,Technical Education (Upper Division),Technology,General Public,Graduate/Professional,Science -- Technology



Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike


This resource has not yet been aligned.
Curriki Rating
'NR' - This resource has not been rated
'NR' - This resource has not been rated

This resource has not yet been reviewed.

Not Rated Yet.

Non-profit Tax ID # 203478467