MESSENGER 3rd flyby – Twitter Archive – porchdragon

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Below is the Twitter Stream for Gene Gordon (@porchdragon) for MESSENGER’s 3rd flyby of Mercury.


Tweets are in reverse order, dates covered in this archive: 9/28-10/1 2009


October 1st

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@sanmccarron It has been amazing. I have made the past two flybys, and if invited back will be broadcasting at MESSENGER’s orbital insertion [porchdragon]
10:26pm via Twitter
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Packing to return home tomorrow. Tiring week but forever memorable. Now back to real life [porchdragon]
9:57pm via Twitter
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Back online if anyone has any final MESSENGER questions [porchdragon]
8:36pm via Twitter
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@zandperl I don’t think so, but it may need special metal thread screens for reflecting polarized light. [porchdragon]
8:35pm via Twitter
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@mathrocker10 Hi Kelsey do you have a question? [porchdragon]
8:34pm via Twitter
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@turrean and sitting! Boy am I tired [porchdragon]
4:32pm via Twitter
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I am slowly becoming the last Fellow here. Soon to go to Public talk and will resume MESSENGER talk tonight 4 anyone who wants to [porchdragon]
4:19pm via Twitter
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Invites are going super fast! @GoogleWaveNow ! RT & Follow ! Last invites to be randomly given to followers. #googlewave #wave [porchdragon]
4:18pm via Twitter
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This going to my last 1/2 hour at MESSENGER SOC. Any last minute questions for scientists to answer? [porchdragon]
4:07pm via Twitter
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@vickitoria35 Hello from a physics teacher currently tweeting from NASA MESSENGER HDQTRs! [porchdragon]
4:02pm via Twitter
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heheh lost a follower so I only have 665 followers now. OK new rule 4 followers. U must join in pairs for the next 24 hours. Just in case [porchdragon]
4:00pm via Twitter
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Is there a way to find out if something was ever a trending topic on Twitter? [porchdragon]
3:59pm via Twitter
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If they put these images on the site, I am going to have to find a source for red/blue glasses for my classes [porchdragon]
3:38pm via Twitter
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This is so funny. I was just wondering this morning if they could make 3d images and then they surprised us with this [porchdragon]
3:33pm via Twitter
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@fallapart lol just tweeted how. Made post from 2 diff flybys [porchdragon]
3:32pm via Twitter
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3d images were created by images from Flyby 1 and Fly 3. they came in at diff angles [porchdragon]
3:31pm via Twitter
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These 3d images MUST be shared on the MESSENGER website. I will ask… [porchdragon]
3:29pm via Twitter
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3:27pm via Twitter
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@Melanie42 LOL! I was wondering if ppl would realize i could just get more! LOL [porchdragon]
3:27pm via Twitter
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Everyone @ science team meeting have red/blue 3d glasses looking at 3d image of Mercury’s craters. AWESOME! [porchdragon]
3:25pm via Twitter
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Here is the “paw print” http://bit.ly/nIMRW [porchdragon]
3:14pm via Twitter
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Very happy 4 my fellow Fellows who worked on official description of a set of craters on Mercury. They described a “paw print” they liked. [porchdragon]
3:14pm via Twitter
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Ouch! have 666 followers. Need to dump one…heheh [porchdragon]
3:09pm via Twitter
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@aschwortz Cool! I can use this in my next talk to the 2nd graders! ;^b [porchdragon]
3:08pm via Twitter
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Having a meeting about how 2 better connect next MESSENGER event 2 teachers.(entering orbit) Any ideas? [porchdragon]
2:55pm via Twitter
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@Room508AESchool Mercury is close to the sun compared 2 Earth, but still far away. Sunlight is only 11 times stronger.So it has an umbrella [porchdragon]
2:53pm via Twitter
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Sorry to say I have to cancel my 2:30 broadcast due to a meeting. I will arrange broadcasts after tomorrow if a class has more questions. [porchdragon]
2:01pm via Twitter
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@aschwortz relationship between 3/2 resonance and elliptical orbit is unknown [porchdragon]
2:00pm via Twitter
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giving up laptop for a bit so another teacher can Skype to a class. Please send questions and I will get back to you [porchdragon]
11:59am via Twitter
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Welcome to all my new followers. 30+ since yesterday! If you have MESSENGER questions, feel free to ask questions. [porchdragon]
11:56am via Twitter
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Talking with a geophysicist about Mercury’s 3:2 rot/rev resonance. Questions Anyone? [porchdragon]
11:49am via Twitter
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11:36am via Twitter
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@Room508AESchool Just realized that I may have given wrong impression in last answer. MESSENGER would keep working but it would struggle [porchdragon]
11:22am via Twitter
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@Melanie42 thanks! I am enjoying doing this for kids [porchdragon]
11:08am via Twitter
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@Room508AESchool Got the scientists thinking on that one!Yes-but engineers would have 2 work hard 2 keep the other from overheating [porchdragon]
11:08am via Twitter
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@Nancy_A absolutely [porchdragon]
11:05am via Twitter
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@aschwortz about 2.5 minutes [porchdragon]
11:04am via Twitter
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@Nancy_A thanks! you watched again? [porchdragon]
10:56am via Twitter
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I will be broadcasting again at 2:30 PM EST for any student K-12. Tweet or email me questions ahead of time. [porchdragon]
10:56am via Twitter
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@TaviGreiner did you get to see the broadcast? Probably a little low level for you [porchdragon]
10:53am via Twitter
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the broadcast is over. Hopefully people enjoyed it [porchdragon]
10:43am via Twitter
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Yay we are live with video! http://bit.ly/f4tWM [porchdragon]
10:13am via Twitter
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@queechies will answer your question on video [porchdragon]
10:12am via Twitter
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10:11am via Twitter
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@TaviGreiner just go to the page. No need to join [porchdragon]
10:11am via Twitter
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sorry about the delay. We hopefully will be up in a few minutes [porchdragon]
10:11am via Twitter
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rebooting since video is not going through Ustream [porchdragon]
10:03am via Twitter
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sorry tech difficulties. [porchdragon]
10:02am via Twitter
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Will be live in a moment [porchdragon]
10:01am via Twitter
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Setting up for my live broadcast about MESSENGER for students http://bit.ly/f4tWM [porchdragon]
10:00am via Twitter
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Did you know you can subscribe to the RSS feed 4 MESSENGER images? Click on the RSS icon here http://tinyurl.com/yocdr6 [porchdragon]
9:40am via Twitter
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@queechies do you mean talk about the lava flows during the broadcast? [porchdragon]
9:38am via Twitter
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I will be answering more questions live today @ 10AM EST http://bit.ly/f4tWM [porchdragon]
9:13am via Twitter
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Have you seen this new image of a bright area on Mercury. It seems to have a pit fault inside http://tinyurl.com/y8d4hh4 [porchdragon]
9:10am via Twitter
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Back at MESSENGER SOC looking at images [porchdragon]
9:03am via Twitter

September 30th

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10:51pm via Twitter
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@NASA_SDO_Edu YesI follow him. When I get back I will chat with him about ideas [porchdragon]
10:50pm via Twitter
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@NASA_SDO_Edu You are right. it is mostly potential now but needs ppl 2 push it forward and 2 think & follow it through. [porchdragon]
10:49pm via Twitter
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was talking w/ @doctorjeff earlier. Do teachers have ideas 4 NASA & others on how 2 use social media to include teachers w/ real science? [porchdragon]
10:39pm via Twitter
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10:37pm via Twitter
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10:36pm via Twitter
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@zandperl would have been even cooler if all of the image had been taken.But like 1 scientist said”All that was just icing on cake anyway” [porchdragon]
10:36pm via Twitter
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@gardenglen It has been a blast. Exhausting, but a blast [porchdragon]
10:35pm via Twitter
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@aschwortz is that in response to my earlier request for how to get our message out? [porchdragon]
10:23pm via Twitter
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@gardenglen some very cool images from the approach. More to come! [porchdragon]
10:22pm via Twitter
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Newest MESSENGER image shows a pit crater. Scientists are intrigued by it. http://tinyurl.com/y8hc3up [porchdragon]
10:17pm via Twitter
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@zandperl yeah they were being published as soon as the science team analyzed them. Fellows were writing some of the text [porchdragon]
10:06pm via Twitter
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@zandperl LOL! I know. I was talking w/Dan this summer and I kept thinking of you as Zandperl.Whenever he said your name, I was confused [porchdragon]
9:52pm via Twitter
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@turrean It’s all significant to me! [porchdragon]
9:00pm via Twitter
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@dmoren can’t be a good joke if you want me to take it seriously [porchdragon]
8:27pm via Twitter
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7:34pm via Twitter
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@vballchick100 Check out the MESSENGER website. I can help you understand anything 2 complicated http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/index.php [porchdragon]
7:22pm via Twitter
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@vballchick100 MSNGR doesnt get 2 close 2 Sun.Divide room into 10 parts.Earth is on 1 wall.Sun on the other.Mercury is 3 parts away from Sun [porchdragon]
7:07pm via Twitter
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Anyone have any suggestions 4 helping NASA get its education message out 2 teachers and students using Soc Media tools like twitter? [porchdragon]
7:02pm via Twitter
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@brianshiro Nice! Mine too! [porchdragon]
6:46pm via Twitter
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6:33pm via Twitter
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@brianshiro thanks for the follow! Sounds like you are into space science! [porchdragon]
6:32pm via Twitter
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Had an interesting conversation today w/ @doctorjeff about the power of twitter to present NASA’s ed message to the world. Any suggestions? [porchdragon]
6:25pm via Twitter
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@robinlloyd99 thanks for the follow! Hopefully I can provide some useful info [porchdragon]
6:19pm via Twitter
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@turrean It’s been intense. Second video went well but did not record. I will record tomorrow [porchdragon]
4:46pm via Twitter
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@turrean Boy do i agree with that!! [porchdragon]
4:34pm via Twitter
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@AdrianusV lol! goto this site to view all my tweets for the past few days if you want that! http://tinyurl.com/ychyyxw [porchdragon]
4:25pm via Twitter
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For my new followers.Please my blog post on the atmosphere surrounding last nite’s flyby event. http://dragonphysics.wordpress.com/ [porchdragon]
4:15pm via Twitter
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I want to welcome the 100+ new followers that I have gained in just the past few days. Hope you are enjoying my MESSENGER Flyby coverage [porchdragon]
4:09pm via Twitter
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We use crater counts 2 tell us planets age.Recent volcanic activity would’ve erased craters so we feel that we have a good etsimate of age [porchdragon]
4:00pm via Twitter
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listening to a new way to figure age of Mercury’s surface [porchdragon]
3:47pm via Twitter
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Interesting images of tectonic features. [porchdragon]
3:45pm via Twitter
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Scarps are created when planet cools and part of surface “falls” leaving incredible tall cliffs. These scarps can cut right through craters [porchdragon]
3:34pm via Twitter
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seeing more evidence of lobate scarps on Mercury. “Mercury: The Incredible Shrinking Planet!” [porchdragon]
3:33pm via Twitter
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shadow studies are an important for planetary science understanding. And a lot of it is basic trig [porchdragon]
3:32pm via Twitter
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Important to note that looking at the terminator(day/night) line on a planet helps see small details because shadows are so long [porchdragon]
3:30pm via Twitter
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Currently looking at a “depression” seen in the new images [porchdragon]
3:24pm via Twitter
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some ppl(like me) can make a crater seem to “pop” into a hill just by concentrating [porchdragon]
3:23pm via Twitter
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Try this. Look at any crater image from moon or mercury and turn pic around. Craters seem to”pop” out and become hills. Well known illusion [porchdragon]
3:22pm via Twitter
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looking at images. Love doing the crater/mountain illusion with images [porchdragon]
3:21pm via Twitter
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looking at first mosaics of images and heightened color images of Mercury [porchdragon]
3:17pm via Twitter
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Being introduced to entire science team [porchdragon]
3:13pm via Twitter
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About to tweet through MESSENGER Briefing [porchdragon]
3:00pm via Twitter
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RT: @doctorjeff: Did you know: Mercury rotates so slowly that if you walked leisurely forever westward, you’d never seen the Sun set. [porchdragon]
2:58pm via Twitter
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Finally back on twitter after my earlier broadcast. My computer was being used by others to broadcast since it was already setup & checked [porchdragon]
2:47pm via Twitter
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@lionsima thank you! [porchdragon]
2:32pm via Twitter
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@Room508AESchool new 5% has a few interesting spots that scientists are looking at. You can look at some pics http://tinyurl.com/yocdr6 [porchdragon]
2:32pm via Twitter
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@Room508AESchool Mercury is about 2/3 metals(iron & some nickel) Most of this is in the core of the planet. [porchdragon]
2:30pm via Twitter
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@Melanie42 thank you i will be broadcasting again tomorrow [porchdragon]
2:25pm via Twitter
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Broadcasting live now! See me at http://bit.ly/bQU3w [porchdragon]
12:57pm via Twitter
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Watch video here: http://bit.ly/f4tWM [porchdragon]
12:55pm via Twitter
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Another call to anyone who wants to watch my video broadcast about MESSENGER. I will begin broadcasting in 5 minutes [porchdragon]
12:54pm via Twitter
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I will be answering questions live on video from 2nd graders at 1pm EST Please join us! http://tinyurl.com/ybossco [porchdragon]
12:48pm via Twitter
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Did you know that scientists use basic trig to determine the depth of craters by measuring legth of shadow and knowing angle of the sun [porchdragon]
12:37pm via Twitter
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Any1 who wants 2 ask questions during my video please ask!Broadcast starts @ 1PM EST . It should work this time! http://tinyurl.com/ybossco [porchdragon]
12:34pm via Twitter
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Take a look at some of the images from this flyby. http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/ [porchdragon]
12:31pm via Twitter
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Remember to also check out @doctorjeff He is explaining in detail what happened during the flyby [porchdragon]
12:19pm via Twitter
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Cool! My blog was quoted in a news announcement! http://bit.ly/18ah1r [porchdragon]
12:18pm via Twitter
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For those interested: I will be broadcasting live on ustream at 1 pm. Broadcast works now. URL 2 come. [porchdragon]
12:06pm via Twitter
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Important note: MESSENGER is safe.It did what it was supposed 2 do & went into Safemode 2 make sure nothing bad happened.Now we figure out Y [porchdragon]
11:56am via Twitter
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Except for the poles we now have images of the entire body of Mercury. Only 5% left 2 image @ poles [porchdragon]
11:54am via Twitter
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RT: @MESSENGER2011: Check out the newly observed crater: http://tinyurl.com/yakgwpo [porchdragon]
11:42am via Twitter
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A little less than 1/2 of “extra” science goals 4 flyby was accomplished. So we just got a little less icing on our “Flyby Cake” [porchdragon]
11:42am via Twitter
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11:41am via Twitter
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@Room508AESchool Teams R looking @ the images now & checking them for any interesting features B4 they publish them so they can answer q’s. [porchdragon]
11:40am via Twitter
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Mission Ops team worked throughout the night to figure out what happen 2 MESSENGER. They are now pretty sure WHAT happened but not WHY. [porchdragon]
11:38am via Twitter
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@turrean Any chance of setting up a time for anyone who wants it? [porchdragon]
11:36am via Twitter
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from briefing:Flyby’s major goal of gravity assist was a total success. As was getting images of 5% of Mercury never seen before! [porchdragon]
11:35am via Twitter
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From new briefing: MESSENGER went into safemode when it entered Mercury’s shadow & tried to switch 2 battery power. [porchdragon]
11:33am via Twitter
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Ustream is fixed now so that my 2pm EST video broadcast WILL work [porchdragon]
11:28am via Twitter
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I am so sorry this video program did not get out. People are furiously working on it. But no one can find the problem [porchdragon]
10:50am via Twitter
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10:50am via Twitter
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@turrean I am so sorry. We thought this was checked [porchdragon]
10:47am via Twitter
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2 way communication through Ustream is somehow being blocked and so I cannot broadcast out [porchdragon]
10:46am via Twitter
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sorry folks this broadcast will not start on time. [porchdragon]
10:46am via Twitter
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@turrean can we skype instead? [porchdragon]
10:44am via Twitter
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The feeling in my stomach is getting worse as this ustream problem is continuing [porchdragon]
10:43am via Twitter
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trying to fix ustream before my 10:45 deadline… [porchdragon]
10:38am via Twitter
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Ustream is having difficulties. we are working on it for my broadcast [porchdragon]
10:32am via Twitter
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@turrean Having difficulties right now. working on it [porchdragon]
10:31am via Twitter
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Thx everyone for the RT! [porchdragon]
10:14am via Twitter
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@raychelrawrr No tweeting in school! [porchdragon]
10:12am via Twitter
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@Room508AESchool By the way, I will explain that more in my video @ 10:45 EST today. can you watch? http://tinyurl.com/ybossco [porchdragon]
10:05am via Twitter
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@Room508AESchool MESSENGER has a “umbrella” that is keeping it in the shade. The sunshade is made from ceramic thread.Think coffee cup stuff [porchdragon]
10:03am via Twitter
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For those who wish they could have been @ MESSENGER flyby Read my post. It was amazing being here! http://dragonphysics.wordpress.com/ [porchdragon]
10:01am via Twitter
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RT: @elakdawalla: 2 all MESSENGER fans:Disappointing as safe mode is,remember prime purpose of flyby was grav assist,which was accomplished. [porchdragon]
9:57am via Twitter
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@elakdawalla Great point about the Grav assist! [porchdragon]
9:56am via Twitter
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For anyone interested. I will be doing a 15 minvideo broadcast @ 10:45 EST. This is aimed at 2nd graders. Pls RT! http://tinyurl.com/ybossco [porchdragon]
9:54am via Twitter
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Just found out that there will be a mission briefing for scientists and fellows at 11. I will be doing a video broadcast @ 10:45 beforehand [porchdragon]
9:51am via Twitter
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Watching scientists looking at the pics from approach. These are the only images we will get from this flyby.Pics being chosen 4 release [porchdragon]
9:37am via Twitter
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@queechies no this would have been the closest approach. [porchdragon]
9:35am via Twitter
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Compared to last year’s flyby, this place is like a morgue. I feel awful for the scientists who are disappointed. [porchdragon]
9:25am via Twitter
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MESSENGER scientists & engineers are investigating cause(s). No answers as of yet. [porchdragon]
9:19am via Twitter
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Newest MESSENGER news: Craft went into safemode B4 closest approach of Mercury. No data or pics were obtained after entering Safemode. [porchdragon]
9:17am via Twitter
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Just was told I misnamed the MESSENGER PI Sean Solomon in last night’s blog. That’ll teach me to write when I am exhausted. yeah right [porchdragon]
9:05am via Twitter
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Thanks so much to those RTing my blog post. [porchdragon]
8:09am via Twitter
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Pls RT! Blog on my experience @ yesterday’s MESSENGER Flyby event. http://dragonphysics.wordpress.com/ [porchdragon]
7:11am via Twitter
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Hopefully today will not be as exciting(read stomach churning) as yesterday’s flyby [porchdragon]
7:10am via Twitter
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Morin’ Verse! Today’s Agenda: MESSENGER Fellows to examine new Images from Mercury and help label & describe them for publishing [porchdragon]
7:09am via Twitter

September 29th

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time for bed. I keep making mistakes typing. I am exhausted and tomorrow’s MESSENGER activities will keep me going all day. Nite all! [porchdragon]
11:58pm via Twitter
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Here is blog post of what i experienced at today’s MESSENGER Flyby event! http://dragonphysics.wordpress.com/ [porchdragon]
11:54pm via Twitter
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@gardenglen It is! especially when the link to MESSENGER went down. The tension was palpable! [porchdragon]
10:52pm via Twitter
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@gardenglen I have students from all over the country and world asking questions.Several of my colleagues here are tweeting to ele students! [porchdragon]
10:25pm via Twitter
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10:13pm via Twitter
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I will be video broadcasting from MESSENGER Science Operation Center 2morrow.I will be answering k-2 students q’s http://tinyurl.com/otwjzl [porchdragon]
10:05pm via Twitter
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Gotta toot my own horn. Newspaper article about me here at MESSENGER Flyby http://tinyurl.com/y9hb5lx [porchdragon]
10:02pm via Twitter
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@MmogamerFr definitely! [porchdragon]
9:58pm via Twitter
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@gardenglen hope they understood that science teachers could be taking part in the science through these tools! [porchdragon]
9:58pm via Twitter
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@MmogamerFr orbit will be from 200-500 km at lowest pt up to 15,200 km at farthest point. Very elliptical orbit [porchdragon]
9:43pm via Twitter
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Newest MESSENGER Science team update-During unexpected signal drop earlier craft was not in normal operating mode-Downlink will B delayed [porchdragon]
9:39pm via Twitter
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If any of you have questions about MESSENGER Feel free to ask them! [porchdragon]
9:22pm via Twitter
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Here’s a huge shout out to all my new followers. Seems like there are a lot of ppl who want to know about MESSENGER. Thanks 4 following me [porchdragon]
9:22pm via Twitter
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First images from MESSENGER will be published on Wednesday at 10AM [porchdragon]
9:21pm via Twitter
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Well I am back online again after getting dinner. Have to admit-the flyby earlier got a little more tense than last year’s… [porchdragon]
9:15pm via Twitter
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9:01pm via Twitter
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@Room508AESchool Hello! fell free toi ask any questions about MESSENGER over the next couple of days! [porchdragon]
9:00pm via Twitter
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Going to have to leave Mission Operation center for the night. I will be back online in abut an hour. Not much going on till the morning. [porchdragon]
7:21pm via Twitter
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right now MESSENGER is just “beeping” to us. at 9:34EST the real telemetry starts [porchdragon]
7:17pm via Twitter
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@turrean and you are the penultimate?? [porchdragon]
7:12pm via Twitter
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We lost doppler signal measurements which would have given us gravity measurements. Its 2 bad since it would have been the closest msrmnts [porchdragon]
7:04pm via Twitter
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We lost a couple of minutes of science data but that’s all we know for now [porchdragon]
7:02pm via Twitter
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YAY we have contact with MESSENGER!!! [porchdragon]
7:01pm via Twitter
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about 5 minutes left before known Blackout should end. then our fingers are crossed… [porchdragon]
6:58pm via Twitter
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6:57pm via Twitter
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@lindseyb16 Thanks! :^) [porchdragon]
6:57pm via Twitter
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6:56pm via Twitter
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@ThilinaH Most data will be analyzed for about 4-6 months before being made public [porchdragon]
6:53pm via Twitter
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Did you Know? MESSENGER talks to the Deep Space Network of antennae around the world.Australia, Spain, and california have antennae 2 listen [porchdragon]
6:51pm via Twitter
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Gotta say, that as a teacher,U can’t beat being here @ ground zero 4 a little drama w/ MESSENGER. I have butterflies in my stomache [porchdragon]
6:48pm via Twitter
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Current theory about the drop in signal is that MESSENGER started using wrong antenna to communicate 4 some reason [porchdragon]
6:42pm via Twitter
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@ScienceDome lol. Gotta check with the IAU for that! [porchdragon]
6:40pm via Twitter
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want to see what MESSENGER is doing right now(as long as everything is ok) Check out http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/encountersm3/index.php [porchdragon]
6:39pm via Twitter
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@Maggiemoo0422 Current plan is 8-9AM for image upload to the web. [porchdragon]
6:38pm via Twitter
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@queechies Find experiences like this to take part in.This is amazing 4 a teacher.I have the jitters jst watching the scientists right now [porchdragon]
6:33pm via Twitter
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Just heard that MESSENGER is also looking for tiny moons around Mercury. There is a chance we have not detected something small before this [porchdragon]
6:29pm via Twitter
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@unklar Thank you. this is an amazing opportunity. Everyone should try to do this! [porchdragon]
6:27pm via Twitter
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@Maggiemoo0422 Photos will start coming tonight.We will look at them and start posting them tomorrow [porchdragon]
6:25pm via Twitter
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I just got the link to the newspaper article about me back home! http://tinyurl.com/y9hb5lx [porchdragon]
6:22pm via Twitter
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Boy this is nervewracking.Science team decided NOT to do anything B4 the occultation since there was little time.Now we wait till 7pm [porchdragon]
6:20pm via Twitter
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@elakdawalla your interpretation is correct. Now we wait till this occultation is over to see if it gets fixed [porchdragon]
6:13pm via Twitter
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@Nancy_A blackout that happened wasnt the expected one.Now it is in an expected BO but we won’t be able 2 find anything out until 51 mins [porchdragon]
6:12pm via Twitter
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Now we are in the expected radio blackout so there is no way of knowing what happened a few minutes ago. We have to wait 51 minutes [porchdragon]
6:10pm via Twitter
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@cascadilla_NY It will loop around the sun until it comes back to Mercury and into orbit in 2011 [porchdragon]
6:08pm via Twitter
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wow the atmosphere definitely just changed [porchdragon]
6:02pm via Twitter
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Suddenly room got quiet and ppl hovering near computers. Unexpected signal drop just occurred. Sense of nervousness seems to have happened. [porchdragon]
6:01pm via Twitter
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Sense of scale: If Earth was on 1 wall of your classroom. & Mercury on a wall 10m (30ft) away. MESSENGER would be within a hair of Mercury [porchdragon]
6:00pm via Twitter
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Did you Know? The Earth and Mercury are currently near the same magnetic Flux line from the Sun [porchdragon]
5:40pm via Twitter
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@cascadilla_NY Feel Free to ask any questions. I work with the Cornell Institute of Physics Teachers also.That’s how i knew your name [porchdragon]
5:32pm via Twitter
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At closest approach MESSENGER will be traveling at 30 miles per second relative 2 Earth.At that rate it could cross the Earth in 1min 20 sec [porchdragon]
5:31pm via Twitter
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MESSENGER will go behind Mercury and will be eclipsed from Earth for a while. After that it will continue talking to NASA [porchdragon]
5:24pm via Twitter
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@cascadilla_NY Thx for the follow. you must be from near Cornell, right? [porchdragon]
5:13pm via Twitter
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This place is crazy.Currently 30+ ppl in room all talking excitedly.You can’t hear yourself think [porchdragon]
5:12pm via Twitter
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RT: @MESSENGER2011: I started preparing gamma-ray and neutron spectrometers for detailed observations. See http://bit.ly/3nOuZs [porchdragon]
5:11pm via Twitter
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RT: @doctorjeff: WE ARE NOW LESS THAN AN EARTH DIAMETER ABOVE SURFACE OF MERCURY, screaming toward it @ 2 miles per SECOND.U getting this? [porchdragon]
5:05pm via Twitter
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RT: @doctorjeff: We’re 7,400 miles above the Mercurian surface, heading to an altitude of 142 miles (228 km) at close approach. [porchdragon]
5:02pm via Twitter
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RT: @doctorjeff: We are now an hour out.Let me situate everyone.MESSENGER is moving at about 3 km/sec (2 miles per sec) relative to Mercury. [porchdragon]
5:01pm via Twitter
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@Joi_the_Artist PLEASE say that to ppl you know -especially at NASA and schools. We think we are the 1st major program 2 do this w/teachers [porchdragon]
4:58pm via Twitter
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MESSENGER is taking all of its pics and data retrieving but will send data back later [porchdragon]
4:56pm via Twitter
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RT: @MESSENGER2011: I just finished using my high-resolution narrow-angle camera to take detailed images of the planet during approach. [porchdragon]
4:52pm via Twitter
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@Joi_the_Artist Hope you enjoy the MESSENGER tweets. Any questions? [porchdragon]
4:51pm via Twitter
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@Room508AESchool Thanks for the follow! Feel free to ask anything about the flyby! [porchdragon]
4:50pm via Twitter
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@negativereturn Thanks for the follow. Feel free to ask any questions about the flyby! [porchdragon]
4:49pm via Twitter
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Finished helping out fellow Fellows w/their computer hookup problems. Never seem 2 get away from doing that ;^) [porchdragon]
4:48pm via Twitter
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RT @elakdawalla noticed Venus should be in MESSENGER wide-angle camera field of view in all approach images! (see e.g. http://bit.ly/13W7fP) [porchdragon]
4:47pm via Twitter
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It takes 6.5 minutes for a a message from MESSENGER to get to earth [porchdragon]
4:37pm via Twitter
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If NASA genuinely wants to excite & encourage kids, they need to do something to show what i am seeing here. PPL are EXCITED! [porchdragon]
4:34pm via Twitter
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RT: @MESSENGER2011: My closest approach to Mercury is just 1.5 hours away! [porchdragon]
4:33pm via Twitter
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This room has 20+ ppl in it and the buzz is overwhelming [porchdragon]
4:32pm via Twitter
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Here is a live timeline of MESSENGER’s Activities for the flyby. Vlick and have it on in the bckgrnd! http://tinyurl.com/yb88dnw [porchdragon]
4:32pm via Twitter
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OK – We just had to drive over to the Mission Operations center [porchdragon]
4:25pm via Twitter
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@VisualAstronomy There will be more after the images come through tonite [porchdragon]
4:24pm via Twitter
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logging off for a few [porchdragon]
3:54pm via Twitter
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3:54pm via Twitter
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by changing the angle of the spacecraft it can take pics using neutron spectrometer and verify planet composition [porchdragon]
3:54pm via Twitter
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final mosaic of Mercury from flybys is 12,00012,000 pixels. You can zoom in 15 times on your computer and still have good resolution [porchdragon]
3:51pm via Twitter
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Wow just saw movie taken by Helios of Mercury during 2nd flyby. You could actually see the solar wind [porchdragon]
3:49pm via Twitter
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RT: @doctorjeff: THIS IS A NATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION INITIATIVE POWERED BY SOCIAL NETWORKS. America let’s get education into 21st Century. [porchdragon]
3:48pm via Twitter
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Most of these Mercury pics can be found here http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/ [porchdragon]
3:43pm via Twitter
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looking at Mercury pics of craters, volcanic vents, scarps,ejecta rays. Amazing! [porchdragon]
3:42pm via Twitter
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MESSENGER will not be totake pics at its closest approach since the sunshade has 2point towards the sun & Mercury is going to be in that dir [porchdragon]
3:40pm via Twitter
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@aschwortz thx for the info! We were just talking about whether we are the first for this type of event [porchdragon]
3:37pm via Twitter
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@gardenglen your teachers and classes could be doing this right now as I broadcast live from a major science event! [porchdragon]
3:34pm via Twitter
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@gardenglen Hi all! I am a teacher currently Tweeting from NASA MESSENGER Flyby. Talking to teachers and students from all over the world! [porchdragon]
3:33pm via Twitter
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MESSENGER Design team had tobuild and test solar panels to prove to NASA that they would work. It took 2 tries! [porchdragon]
3:31pm via Twitter
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Thanks to all who are RTing me during this briefing [porchdragon]
3:27pm via Twitter
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MESSENGER has a sunshade(umbrella) made out of ceramic cloth (threads made out of coffee mug material) which always has to be pointed @ sun [porchdragon]
3:26pm via Twitter
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MESSENGER’s mass is more than half fuel! [porchdragon]
3:23pm via Twitter
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It’s been 5 years since launch and 2 until we orbit Mercury.Take a look at the path we took http://tinyurl.com/2ouqe3 [porchdragon]
3:20pm via Twitter
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Does any1 know of any other live science events with Teachers broadcasting like I am?Or is this 1 of the first times 4 something like this? [porchdragon]
3:18pm via Twitter
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Earth’s core is 1/4 of radius. Mercury’s core is 3/4 of its radius. And the planet has a magnetosphere like the Earth! [porchdragon]
3:16pm via Twitter
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It took us 30 years to revisit Mercury. I was not even a teenager when we last visited it. [porchdragon]
3:13pm via Twitter
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@queechies it is amazing to be a part of this as a teacher! [porchdragon]
3:11pm via Twitter
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did you know that Mercury has a temperature range of 470 to -185 degrees Celsius? (875 to -3300 degrees F) [porchdragon]
3:11pm via Twitter
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RT: @doctorjeff: Pretty exciting! T-minus 3 h 25 min to Mercury. [porchdragon]
3:08pm via Twitter
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At the MESSENGER Flyby pre-briefing at APL. The excitement is mounting here [porchdragon]
3:01pm via Twitter
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@aschwortz Getting all our different tech rdy is crazy. And I am helping everyone [porchdragon]
2:01pm via Twitter
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@aschwortz Mostly setting up and getting by the security for our post later for the flyby. [porchdragon]
2:00pm via Twitter
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http://twitpic.com/jmcwa – MESSENGER Fellows at work! [porchdragon]
1:45pm via Twitter
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http://twitpic.com/jmcph – MESSENGER Fellows at SOC [porchdragon]
1:43pm via Twitter
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@queechies thanks for the follow. If you have any questions or comments about the flyby feel free to ask [porchdragon]
1:39pm via Twitter
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@edutopia Thanks for the follow! Hope you are here to follow me at the NASA MESSENGER Flyby! [porchdragon]
1:37pm via Twitter
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Woohoo! I am at the SOC for MESSENGER getting rdy 4 our first briefing. [porchdragon]
1:19pm via Twitter
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@elakdawalla thanks for the follow! [porchdragon]
1:18pm via Twitter
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@texton Macs have their place… I won’t say where it is…lol [porchdragon]
11:54am via Twitter
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@megs1313 ooh sorry to here about your dental stuff. Plenty of novacaine is require! LOL [porchdragon]
11:34am via Twitter
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Holy cow!I just realized I have had almost 3000 new visitors 2 my website since last week when i began posting in earnest about MESSENGER [porchdragon]
11:10am via Twitter
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Gee, something must have posted my Twittername. The spambots are going nuts. Deleting them faster than they can build up though [porchdragon]
11:05am via Twitter
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reading all the questions I am getting from students. Trying to find some answers that I don’t currently know.This is fun! [porchdragon]
11:02am via Twitter
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@itsallybish1 thanks for the follow! What are you interested in that you followed me? [porchdragon]
10:59am via Twitter
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@turrean did you see my additions? I will add more later [porchdragon]
10:55am via Twitter
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Just met up and had breakfast w/another MESSENGER Fellow.Could not tell who was more excited – me or her [porchdragon]
10:52am via Twitter
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4 those who want to hear student’s comments about HS teachers participating in their fields outside of class. http://tinyurl.com/ydgqhf8 [porchdragon]
10:51am via Twitter
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Did you know that craters on Mercury are named after famous artists? Here are pics of newest named craters http://tinyurl.com/y86qpxu [porchdragon]
10:28am via Twitter
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Want to follow others during MESSENGER Flyby event? Check out this site! http://tinyurl.com/y9ekgv5 [porchdragon]
10:23am via Twitter
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@aschwortz Easiest way 2 see people connected to MESSENGER Flyby Event is go here http://tinyurl.com/y9ekgv5 [porchdragon]
10:21am via Twitter
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@TheRealDoombot Hey Doombot! One of your family is about to swing past Mercury Today! Seems like your kind R taking over the solar system [porchdragon]
10:17am via Twitter
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You still have a chance to have your class take part in this week’s NASA MESSENGER activities! Contact me! Pls RT! http://tinyurl.com/otwjzl [porchdragon]
8:53am via Twitter
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Phew! Just had a scare as Microsoft updated my webcam software last nite & it did not work this morn.This week would have been awful w/o it! [porchdragon]
8:51am via Twitter
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Mornin’Verse! Today’s Agenda: Broadcast while I attend MESSENGER’s 3rd flyby of Mercury.Have your class attend 2! http://tinyurl.com/otwjzl [porchdragon]
8:07am via Twitter
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RT: @doctorjeff: MESSENGER reminder-directions how 2 participate-even if U have Twitter&Facebook blocked, can B found @ http://bit.ly/4Ms65 [porchdragon]
8:03am via Twitter

September 28th

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@fgfinat thanks for the follow! [porchdragon]
11:04pm via Twitter
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@travers34 I can even come to classes after it is over if you want [porchdragon]
10:40pm via Twitter
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@travers34 please pass the word around that I can talk 2 everyone on video during the next few days.Just email q’s beforehand to make easier [porchdragon]
10:39pm via Twitter
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@travers34 you can try the website or send their questions to me and I can answer them http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/index.php [porchdragon]
10:25pm via Twitter
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I think I will crash for the night so that I am bright eyed tomorrow for the flyby. Night all! [porchdragon]
10:22pm via Twitter
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@aschwortz you are assuming that we have massive greenhouses underground.Anything above ground would not have a good time [porchdragon]
10:09pm via Twitter
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@aschwortz No NH has record for fastest speed leaving earth (36000mph) Helios(both) hit about 150000mph. MESSENGER was @ 141000mph last year [porchdragon]
10:08pm via Twitter
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@aschwortz I thought about years but then realized food would be a bigger problem than heat. A few might survive years but not humanity [porchdragon]
9:54pm via Twitter
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@aschwortz my guess would be weeks to months as the earth cooled off. Another question I may have to ask someone [porchdragon]
9:41pm via Twitter
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@aschwortz speed is almost entirely from “falling towards the sun. It is the second fastest man-made object. [porchdragon]
9:40pm via Twitter
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@aschwortz ooh nice question. I will have to chat with scientists tomorrow about total distance traveled. But I will try to look it up also. [porchdragon]
9:40pm via Twitter
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@zandperl Been on the computer all day preparing for tomorrow. My fingers are cramped and eyes are crossed but I am excited! [porchdragon]
9:23pm via Twitter
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@ConwayMESSENGER Already here waiting for you guys! [porchdragon]
9:19pm via Twitter
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If you have never seen this movie, It is a Must-See! MESSENGER took this as it flew by Earth in 2005. http://tinyurl.com/8z6su [porchdragon]
9:10pm via Twitter
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9:08pm via Twitter
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RT: @turrean: My 2nd graders have brainstormed AMAZING questions about MESSENGER mission for me to answer live : http://tinyurl.com/ydj5c59 [porchdragon]
8:27pm via Twitter
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8:04pm via Twitter
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@raylougrif Are you a student or teacher? You can email me questions before hand 4 me to answer [porchdragon]
7:30pm via Twitter
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RT: @drewmanchu: Even MORE MESSENGER flyby #3 resources http://bit.ly/3Fomw #Mercury #science #education [porchdragon]
7:27pm via Twitter
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wondering if there is a better hashtag 2 use than #MESSENGER 4 the MESSENGER Flyby, since that hashtag seems to be in use already [porchdragon]
6:53pm via Twitter
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Spent the entire day online setting up for the next three days of MESSENGER Flyby coverage. My eyes are crossing [porchdragon]
6:27pm via Twitter
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New blogpost about my student’s views re: my attending the MESSENGER flyby event. http://dragonphysics.wordpress.com/ [porchdragon]
6:01pm via Twitter
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@raylougrif Not much will happen right away.Data download doesnt start til later in the night.But will broadcast news&comments by scientists [porchdragon]
5:34pm via Twitter
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Newest image from MESSENGER shows area of Mercury never seen be4.Look 4 crater & bright spot in upper 1/2 of pic http://tinyurl.com/yctfmrm [porchdragon]
5:32pm via Twitter
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@ThilinaH thanks for the follow. this is where I will pst most of my thoghts during the Flyby. [porchdragon]
4:08pm via Twitter
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@raylougrif thanks for the follow! Here for the MESSENGER Flyby ? [porchdragon]
4:07pm via Twitter
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@ScienceNetLinks thanks for the follow! Hope that you enjoy it! [porchdragon]
4:06pm via Twitter
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@shuxclams thanks for the follow! Hope that you enjoy it! [porchdragon]
4:06pm via Twitter
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@ThilinaH Thanks. did not know which of Jeff’s pages the bad link was 4. All fixed now [porchdragon]
4:01pm via Twitter
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RT: @MESSENGER2011:My closest approach will be @ 5:54:56 pm EDT tomorrow. Data will start 2 come down 2 Earth starting @ 11:39 pm EDT Tues [porchdragon]
3:57pm via Twitter
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RT: @doctorjeff: MESSENGER flyby: RT 2 TEACHERS Here’s 3 websites 2 easily get a class ready: See Section 3.1 http://bit.ly/3x5Nfg [porchdragon]
3:55pm via Twitter
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@doctorjeff The links in your bit.ly tweets had merged w/ the rest of your text. Your new tweets are ok [porchdragon]
3:54pm via Twitter
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@doctorjeff Jeff, I tried Rting your link but it is messed up. Can you RT your last with an unbroken link? [porchdragon]
12:41pm via Twitter
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RT: @doctorjeff: MESSENGER flyby:Here’s 3 websites 2 easily get your class rdy: See Section 3.1 http:/bit.ly/3x5Nfg [porchdragon]
12:37pm via Twitter
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12:10pm via Twitter
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@VisualAstronomy ah ok. I am a MESSENGER Fellow & will be at the flyby all week.I plan on sending out the links as the become available [porchdragon]
11:58am via Twitter
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11:49am via Twitter
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RT: @MESSENGER2011 My final flyby of Mercury tomorrow. I’m already starting my approach. Check out the images: http://tinyurl.com/yeuh76l [porchdragon]
11:09am via Twitter
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New blog about student reactions 2 my trip 2 MESSENGER Flyby event. Interesting views! Please RT! http://dragonphysics.wordpress.com/ [porchdragon]
11:06am via Twitter
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@cookp Already on Momentum? Boy you are flying! [porchdragon]
11:04am via Twitter
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@NASA_SDO_Edu Thx 4 the RT! [porchdragon]
10:39am via Twitter
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At my hotel and doing final setup for this weeks MESSENGER activities. If you want to have your class connect w/me & scientists-contact me! [porchdragon]
10:00am via Twitter
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9:51am via Twitter
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@julietaylorca Hi Julie! Thanks for the folow! [porchdragon]
9:48am via Twitter
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Mornin’Verse No Agenda today since I @ the airport on my way to the MESSENGER Flyby 3 event. Follow me this week! http://tinyurl.com/otwjzl [porchdragon]
5:54am via Twitter
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