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Mimic the process used by MESSENGER scientists and make a mosaic of Mercury by selecting the Mosaic Postcards link. Or, zoom into rayed craters, scarps, volcanic areas and more to explore the unique features that make up this planet by selecting the Surface Interactive link. You will find all of the print materials you need to make a mosaic and you might learn something fascinating along the way!
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Take an audio tour of Mercury and the MESSENGER spacecraft’s journey to become the first to orbit the innermost planet. Listen to MESSENGER science and engineering team members talk about new scientific findings, the challenges of orbiting the planet closest to our Sun, and more!
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What does it take to get a spacecraft into orbit around Mercury? Watch videos of MESSENGER scientists and engineers captured before the spacecraft launched talking about the making of the mission, and the spectacular opportunities it presents! Hear answers to questions like: What are the challenges? What do we hope to learn? How was the spacecraft designed and built? How will it get to Mercury? What has been discovered so far? Why does it take incredible teamwork for success? You will also find printable PDF files.
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Learn more about MESSENGER in these two interactive games, in which you can "Build a Spacecraft" or exlpore the geology of Mercury in "Geohunter."
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Make a scale model of the MESSENGER spacecraft! PDF of scale model
Or, would you like more of a challenge? Try this advanced scale model!
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The MESSENGER Education Modules contain standards-based educational materials and lesson plans developed by the MESSENGER team. These Modules are built around the three themes of the MESSENGER mission: The Scientific Process, Comparative Planetology, and The Solar System Through History.
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If you are interested in finding quality online resources about astronomy and space sciences, be sure to check out Websites of Interest. On these webpages you will find activities and lesson plans that are related to either the MESSENGER mission or other NASA Projects.
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Take a "virtual" journey to the planet Mercury as you watch the Virtual Movies of the MESSENGER spacecraft from take-off to its flyby of the planet. If you want to "investigate" the planet Mercury make sure to check out the Virtual Animations. Coming soon: Take a virtual fieldtrip to a space museum.
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The MESSENGER mission has vast opportunities for both professional development and education outreach. One such opportunity is the MESSENGER Education Fellowship Program, a nationwide teacher training initiative whereby a cadre of thirty Fellows—master science educators— conduct teacher training workshops nationally.
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What will MESSENGER measure, and why? Learn about the instruments on board!