I stayed up (late for me) last night, listening to the webcast of MESSENGER's orbital insertion burn. When I heard the operations team cheering and applauding, I went to bed. This morning I woke up and scanned the news – and it was all good. Every report I read says that the orbital insertion burn was “nominal”, which is NASA-speak for “perfect”. All systems appear to be operational, and MESSENGER is now going into it's week or so of preparation for science operations.
Woo hoo! And congratulations, MESSENGER team. This has to be a happy morning for all of you...
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