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Studying Mercury


The College of Engineering will hold an event Feb. 14 to recognize the completion of a revolutionary new instrument scheduled to be launched to Mercury on the upcoming NASA MESSENGER mission. The Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer (FIPS) will provide breakthrough measurements of the composition of the surface, atmosphere and surrounding environment of Mercury.

The event will include a tour by area high school students at 10:30 a.m. and a short unveiling program from 12:30-1:45 p.m., at which U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-Bloomfield Township) will make a presentation, as will Dick Fisher, NASA director of the Sun Earth Connection Division.

Thomas Zurbuchen, senior associate research scientist at the Space Physics Research Lab, will explain FIPS, and the project will be unveiled.

The event is in the FXB Boeing Auditorium.

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