University of Maryland
Atlantic Building, Room 2400
4:30 PM Monday, November 5, 2007
Coffee, Tea & Snacks 4:15-4:30 PM

Ralph L. McNutt, Jr.
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
MESSENGER Results from Venus Flyby 2

The MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging - MESSENGER - spacecraft is well into its mission to Mercury. Key to eventual orbital insertion there are a series of "gravity assists." The most recent, and the second at Venus, took place in June 2007. This close approach not only enabled the required assist, but also allowed for observations of Venus with the full MESSENGER instrument payload in coordination with measurements made by Venus Express. Some of those results will be described as well as how they have helped with detailed planning of the first Mercury flyby this coming January.

Sponsored by: Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland. For information call Catha Stewart at (301) 405-4811 or go to the UMD Space Physics group seminar web site.

There is free parking after 4:00 PM in lot B (the big parking garage across the street from the ATL building). There are a limited number of spaces in lot Q next to the new ATL wing with free parking after 4PM even when there is a basketball game on campus.