OMSS Researcher - James Smith,
Messenger Mentors - Walter Mitnick and Lisa Segal
Operating the Messenger and Stereo database system and implementing
upgrades to the systems using Visual Basic. Beginning Perl/TK upgrades
to the APL Epoch MOC.
intern program with mission engineers sponsored by NASA/Minority
University Research and Education Division and The John Hopkins
University/Applied Physics Laboratory MESSENGER, a NASA discovery
mission, is a MErcury Surface,
Space ENvironment, GEochemistry,
and Ranging mission to orbit Mercury following
two flybys of the planet. Understanding Mercury, and the forces
that have shaped it, is fundamental to understanding terrestrial
planets and their evolution. Scheduled to launch in 2004, MESSENGER
will investigate key scientific questions regarding Mercury's characteristics
and environment using flyby data during a year-long orbit. View
the Messenger web site here.
Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research
Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909
Dear Dr. Hayden:
The Minority University-Space Interdisciplinary Network (MU-SPIN)
Program is proud to communicate its participation in your proposal
entitled Space Science Research for Mathematics, Science and Education
Majors within the MU-SPIN and ADMI Consortium of Minority Institutions.
This activity will serve a vital role in making sure that the
minority education community plays a role in supporting NASA's
ability launch some of the most challenging engineering and science
feats known to mankind. Traditionally, the minority community
has to learn what others have done, but with this activity we
can be more proud because we participated in the creation of the
spacecraft, its orbit, its communication back to earth and the
science results. This activity is truly visionary and MU-SPIN
is very pleased to play an important role.
you for your invitation to be a part of this exciting education
effort. Good luck with your proposal!
MU-SPIN Project Manager
The MU-SPIN Messenger Program aids interns by:
• Providing internship placements within the MESSENGER Education
• Providing internships in Astrophyics at SCSU
• Providing internships within the Applied Physics Lab related
• Coupling interns with a NASA OSS mentor for 8 weeks each
MESSENGER project is needed to answer the science questions that
include those below. MU-SPIN Interns are actively involved in assisting
scientists to answer these questions.
• What planetary formational processes led to the high metal/silicate
ratio i Mercury?
• What is the geological history of Mercury?
• What are the nature and Origin of Mercury's magnetic field?
• What are the structure and state of Mercury's core?
• What are the radar-reflective materials at Mercury's poles?
• What are the important volatile species and their sources
and sinks on and near Mercury?