Mercury, the innermost planet of our humble little solar system
, is getting itself an orbital friend. The MESSENGER space probe (known as ME
ochemistry and R
anging to his nearest and dearest) is concluding a six-year sojourn through the dark void of space with an elliptical orbit around the tiny and otherwise inhospitable planet. Systems are about to get turned on and fully checked next week, before the data-gathering phase kicks off in earnest on April 4th. Science, isn't it beautiful?