More images released of Mercury, taken by orbiter
March 30th, 2011
04:36 PM ET

More images released of Mercury, taken by orbiter

NASA released on Wednesday more of the first images of Mercury taken by a spacecraft orbiting the planet, including the first color closeups depicting it in all its pock-marked glory.

The images were taken by NASA's Messenger spacecraft, the first mission to orbit the planet closest to the sun, according to Messenger's website. Mercury has been seen up close before in fly-bys, but this mission marks the first complete long view reconnaissance of the planet’s geochemistry, geophysics, geologic history, atmosphere, magnetosphere, and plasma environment.

The mission also allows NASA and its partner, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, an opportunity to show off Messenger's impressive Mercury Dual Imaging System, which has two cameras: the Narrow Angle Camera and the Wide Angle Camera, NASA said.

The first image acquired by Messenger, which was released Tuesday, was part of an eight-image sequence for which images were acquired through eight of the wide angle camera's 11 filters. A color version of that first imaged terrain, pocked with craters, was obtained through the filters and displayed in red, green, and blue, respectively, NASA said.

Over the next two days, Messenger will acquire more than 1,000 additional images in support of a phase to review spacecraft and instrument performance. The yearlong primary science phase of the mission will begin on April 4, during which it is expected to acquire more than 75,000 images.

The Messenger spacecraft launched on August 3, 2004, and after fly-bys of Earth, Venus and Mercury, started its historic orbit around Mercury on March 17.

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory built and operates the Messenger spacecraft and manages the Discovery-class mission for NASA. Messenger is an acronym for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging.

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  1. Darrick

    Wow. Nice pictures. Great accomplishment by NASA and John Hopkins ... Wonder how much that "Mercury Dual Imaging system" and launching it into space COSTS. Um, just HOW does this help the average person? I don't propose we give up on space exploration. But at this point in our time, the costs outweigh the benefits. (And please, space supporters, no more references to how space exploration improves society. Yes, I know about WD40 and the cool spongy mattress. And Tang. But, it's hard to convince average folks that we should be spending money on space programs right now.) I realize that there may be more to space exploration than I'm aware of. But that's precisely my point. To me, the perception is that we keep spending money on it, but aside from some cool pictures and new revelations, our exploration isn't yielding anything new except changing the academic facts about space. While this is interesting, even space supporters can't deny that space exploration somehow has a direct impact on helping citizens deal with the multiple issues we're facing right now. Don't eliminate space exploration ... let's just tackle a few other big fishes first.

    March 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darrick

      *Oops*. I meant to write "... even space supporters can't CLAIM that space exploration somehow has a direct impact ..."

      March 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      How much does it cost: Roughly about $4.00 from each of us paid out over several years in installments. I doubt you missed the money. How does it help? Actually it only helps the few percent of use who prefer not be be ignorant of the solar system we live it. Maybe a more direct effect is that we can only learn about how planets "work" be studying a wide range of them. So we learn about earth by comparing it to other planets. But really I think the photos and the more technical science articles that come out of this are enough to justify my $4.00 spent.

      March 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oaks

      Big fishes? You mean like our defense budget? Where's the return on that? I don't recall seeing the price of gas go anywhere but mostly up!
      We had control of Iraq, but where's our oil? We seized what treasure we could, but everything seems to go into the pockets of the independent contractors who are not subject to price controls or ethics.
      And Afghanistan. And everything we do without visible benefit. There are tactical things we must do, including space exploration and scientific research in every industry. Where's our money from that?
      Four bucks is not too much for me. I'm still waiting for my flying car, though.

      March 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Frankly, I'm appalled that we don't spend *more* on space exploration and scientific endeavor. We seem to live in a generation of complacency, where we take our science and technology completely for granted... These achievements do not come free. They come through the blood, sweat, and tears of great minds, and more importantly, the willingness of our government to fund pure scientific endeavor for the sake of furthering our understanding of things.

      Knowledge. Is. Important.

      March 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neeneko

      Here is one way it helps... this kind of stuff gets people hooked on science and engineering. For every kid who uses this as a launchpad to go into actual space research, you probably have 100 who end up becoming our next generation of engineers... and that is something our country really needs.

      March 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • NateT

      Darrick, maybe you didn't read the article, but the spacecraft was launched in 2004 when we had $$$ and spending for space exploration. Now that the economy is struggling are we just supposed to have the spacecraft explode in space and forget about it? It took 7 YEARS to get there. If I remember correctly our economy was booming then....

      March 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Does space exploration have a direct impact? Of course it does. Even if you just look at things from a technology perspective most of our current electronically driven culture was driven by space and rocket research. I also don't know if you picked up on this yet but that GPS thing that all the kids are into? That's ah uhhh... how do I put this delicately... it's a space thing. That's just a small part of it though – that 'satellite' feed many people are gangbusters about? Space. Weather imaging? Space. Hurricane tracking? Space. Large scale disaster relief? Space. Spy imaging? Space. Climate modeling? Space. Does everything we do have a specific and immediate pay out? No, of course not. However, pure research is where applied research gets their ideas from. Applied research leads of engineering and that leads to iPhones, the Internet, and all the other fun things that make up modern life.

      So how can exploring Mercury help us directly? Who knows really. The first people that hooked two computers together couldn't tell you where that would lead either.

      March 30, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • NJK


      I get your point, but when is that going to be? When is the world going to be free of famine, drought, disease, etc? When are there going to be no poor? If you're going to wait for that to happen, we are never going to explore.

      And to answer your question directly: science for science sake is enough, but since you asked, the four inner planets are sisters and learning about one gives us more knowledge about the others. It's the foundation of comparative planetology.

      March 30, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      BTW: the reply above is from a different Chris than the earlier reply. Name space collisions are bad!

      March 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank

      amazing, an argument for less science, exploration, innovation, etc., that kind of willful ignorance makes me wonder if we really are doomed. furthermore, we've gleaned far more technological advances from the space program than just tang and wd40, (i.e. planes without propellers, as well as many, many other things that you take for granted in your daily life). sorry darrick, but you're just another one of those people who have no idea where anything you use comes from, you just know that you like cool stuff, so if only the gov would stop spending money on that boring science stuff, you could have more cool stuff. god i hope you dont vote

      March 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      This is not making sense to me. OF COURSE this is important work! This is the next step for us. For EVERY SINGLE THING ever created, the process was worthless before the discovery. Everything in your life came from somone working hard to get it: your shirt, your shoes, your tv, your ITERNET! Don't be so short-sided. The true problem is MONEY! There should be NONE of it. It does not help us. It should not enter into the debate. It should not run our lives. There is no excuse for our moden society, after this many thousands of year, to not have something because, "It's too expensive." Such foolishness!

      March 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • CarmenS

      Yes knowledge is scary. The earth is flat

      March 30, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Yes... space exploration got us Tang, WD-40 and that spongy mattress thing.

      Oh... yeah... it also got you the computer you're typing your ignorant comments on. Perhaps your right. If the moon shot hadn't happened I would probably have gone through life without reading your post. That might have been nice.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • MatE

      If it's true that moon has no oxygen and air, then why the American flag was waving there?

      I think you should have to go through life all by yourself.

      March 31, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • JustinL

      This topic is so exhausting to talk about but it's even worse when I have to explain it to someone who could just do a small amount of research on their own. If you truly have an open mind and are willing to understand the physics of what you think is a flag blowing in the wind, I urge you to do a small search for your answer without your unqualified ideas about physics. Myth Busters did an awesome job explaining and testing all the moon "conspiracy" theories.

      March 31, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • jimbojones

      The flag on the moon doesn't wave, stupid. It is suspended from a pole bent at a right angle and you can clearly see this in the footage taken during its planting. We DID land on the moon, multiple times. Get over it.

      March 31, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      There is a common misconception about costs to launch and operate NASA spacecraft. Most comments one reads on this topic evidently give the impression that millions of greenbacks are loaded aboard and are just lost in space. The only things really lost are some metal and fuel. The money stays on earth and is salaries for technicians, bus drivers, engineers who, in turn, pay taxes. Mike (above) says the same thing. I, for one, am very appreciative of the paybacks from these efforts.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • midnitejax

      I will try to explain the benfits of space exploration to you in terms you might actually understand. Space exploration has accellerated the speed of technology and medicine by unmeasurable leaps. The cell phones and hard lines and satllite Tvs and radios, GPS used by airlines and ships, radar imagery for locating and tracking hurricanes, locating potential oil deposits from space, depend on the very technology developed in space resesarch. These are all common place today, but were once but a dream. The understanding of the human body in a hostile environment for the purpose of hopefully long term space travels in the search for resources we are running out of. These are but a few of the advantges we take for granted everyday.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • caveman

      You forgot to mention all the technology we got from de-engineered crashed UFO's. Don't forget we got alot of useful stuff in todays world from those too. -–

      March 31, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You DO realize that that spacecraft was made here in the USA, right? It put engineers, scientists, machinists, computer scientists/programmers, etc to work... Not to mention the Janitors, secretaries, accountants, managers, etc. that were part of the support staff...Or the companies that those engineers and such spend their paychecks at whch employ a lot more people...

      Why is it that people think it's so bad for the gov to support jobs for high-tech people, but good for the losers who didn't bother to even finish HS or go to college and expect their mindless assembly line job to be there for life??? Which do YOU think is the more productive use of the money??

      March 30, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Because for some reason society has got it stuck in their head that scientists aren't "real people".

      March 30, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrewd

      Yes, exactly! They are ape.

      March 31, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      A lack of education and perspective is the biggest problem. The respect of something comes with understanding its overall value.

      March 31, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      To a degree you're right in that it doesn't affect us as day to day citizens. However we do it, because exploring the wonders of life and existence define the human experience. What meaning does the day to day doldrum have if we're not working towards a more glorious future? Events like these shape our dreams, and give our experience purpose.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mohamad

    Darrick your first blog was impressive. Your second blog makes you seem blog/tarded.

    March 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • stonemason89

      You could have done without the second sentence 😉

      March 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • rollins

      look for th UFO in this picture! its at the 9 o'clock area.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Almost There

      Am I the only one seeing only one picture? They made the headline to suggest that there were new colour photos...I only see the one posted from earlier today.

      March 31, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • To Almost There

      Did you click through to the referenced website? I looked at several photos there.

      March 31, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      @rollins: Dude, what are you smoking? UFO at 9?

      March 31, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Christian Soto

      @phil: I think you just fell for Rollins hook. He is now Rollin on the floor laughing.

      March 31, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Blank

      wheres the UFO i cant see it!!!! 😛

      March 31, 2011 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
    • willisJ

      Whether we like it or not, we need the exploration of space for the potential of being able to intercept potential life destroying impacts and to eventually leave the planet in the future or to resign ourselves to eventual extinction.

      March 31, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      @ rollins
      I SEE IT!!! I SEE IT!!!!!
      Quick, chug the jello shots so that we can be beamed aboard!
      :::rolls eyes:::

      March 31, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Mohamad

      yes because mohamad knows all, even though space and its exploration is intolerable, but be the first to judge schmuck

      March 31, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Oaks

    This is a great thing for research. And even though it's airless, Mercury is different in many ways from all the other planets in the Solar System. This satellite thingy is amazingly cheap for the return in raw scientific data. It's like a gold mine to have a satellite there taking pictures and doing other tests. Way to go people!

    March 30, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annunaki

      Ask not what Mercury can do for you, but what you can do for Mercury.

      March 31, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    No doubt these images of Mercury will come in handy. Focusing on outer space is the most cost-effective way of dealing with our(earth's) everyday problems. This has proved to be the case time and time again since the downfall of the Third Reich and the rise of NASA. (tip o' the hat to Von Braun) We should immediately begin reducing social programs and funding NASA. Errr, moreso. For every dollar the US donates to disaster relief, NASA should recieve an equal amount. Many many people believe NASA is a worthy cause. Well, not as many as before. Too bad we never got the cheap cargo rates the space Shuttle Program promised Congress. (shrug) No biggie.

    March 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hyatt

      Ya, because nothing good for humanity could possibly come from advancing out understanding of the universe. "Sarcasm btw" cough cough.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Until we get an rocket engine that will allow us to travel at the speed of light or better, these space programs are a waste of money. Our technology will get us nowhere fast. There isn't any sustainable energy sources on Earth that will allow us to go anywhere but to the Moon.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      I disagree, NASA shouldn't be getting any more money, they already have a whole six tenths of a percent of the US gov's budget! And they've produced nothing of value, it's not like industry and technology has benefited from new heat-resistant materials, society from Velcro, and it's not like fuel cell technology is all that special either. Really, what good do we as a society stand to gain by funding scientific ventures? Imagine where we could have been if we didn't invest a few billion over a few decades in CERN for the LEP collider, we could be talking to each other and having conversations rather than discussing the merits of scientific research on something like this weird "world wide web" created as a result of seemingly unrelated scientific research.

      NASA doesn't deserve any money! We should instead be giving more funds to defence contractors, or hell subsidise Hollywood. Subsidising science makes no sense, it's like, why would we put money to learn more about the universe when we as humans do way more important things. We need to fund our military more, take all that wasted tenths of percent from scientific research away and put it into things that actually matter.

      By the way, having just spent the past three months trying to process some Hubble data to learn some interesting facts about the white dwarf cooling sequence in 47 Tuc... I'd like to say a nice personal f-you to the very idea that NASA has some kind of over bloated budget. If that wasn't clear before.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      And one more note, just as a personal objection to the entire odd idea that science research must be conducted with practical goals in mind. Why is it that scientists are held to the "your research must directly benefit me in some direct way, or you don't deserve money" standard? Science is conducted by curious people, you don't become a scientist to make money, you become a scientist because you want to learn something about the universe. That doesn't necessarily pay well, because in truth, it's very difficult to know what practical things will come from research. But research isn't done just because something practical will come about.

      If we say "lets devote funds only to areas we know we can get something out of", we'll find science and society stagnating. Science research has been constantly cut across the board in field after field, and Fermilab is now a deserted wasteland, and yet everyone keeps thinking "why do we spend money to fund science"? Science research isn't soaking up much of your taxpaying dollars, and if you're going to complain about the money science is getting, you are spitting on the methodology that lets you complain about it on the internet, and there are a hell of a lot more stupid wastes of cash that the government invests in. Take some money away from the already over bloated military and put it into education and science, you'll find society would improve greatly. ALL science, that includes astronomy.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • timemachinist

      Consider whether it is the Space Program bankrupting us –or is it the global empire of 750 foreign military bases and military deployments in 150 countries? The USA spends over 40% of the total world military spending –more than the next 14 nations combined. That's where cuts should be made. GREAT JOB NASA!!!!!

      March 30, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • zak

      this is actually in reply to james. your comment wasn't very smart, thus neither are you...

      March 30, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • kevinb

      Sure, we did get something from our space program. We got products that big corporations sell for hefty profits and for one nation to selfishly hoard for itself, keeping all others in need and oppressed. Yay. Now, just imagine if all that money, but more importantly, all the brain power, was focused on ending hunger, disease, and strife between peoples, on bring peace to every nation, about creating environments where the full capacity of every human being was maximized. Once that was achieved, just imagine what great things we could accomplish in space.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Andrew: Well said.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Why the hell should I be forced to do the research you want me to do? What the f is wrong with you? "Ok, so you can be an actor, you can be a singer, you can be an author, you can be a politician, you can do anything in society, but if you choose to be a scientist... if you choose to invest the time and effort to do science, then you shouldn't be allowed to research what you want. You instead should only research that which immediately benefits others on earth. It's selfish to want to do all that research on irrelevant areas".

      Why are scientists treated so damn differently from everyone else? We can choose to be whatever we want, but if we choose to go into science, everyone else is supposed to dictate what we research? That's fundamentally anti-science!

      March 30, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      You are a person with a unique past that has made you who you are today. Im not saying you are an unintelligent misguided political misfit lobbyist with a lot of words in your head. I'm just saying a lot of people have their own, and by their, I mean someone elses agenda. Love, life.

      March 31, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      China is investing like mad in science and technology, including space science. We're cutting the crap out of everything and have trouble even teaching evolution in public schools. China's economy is booming. Ours is going down the toilet. Anybody see a correlation here?

      March 31, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      You are an idiot....I firmly believe that a new element will be discovered on Mars that will propell the human race......

      March 31, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • NotYourTypicalGod

      NASA is working on a rocket, which will travel at the speed of government expenditure. Stars are within reach.

      March 31, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      I don't care what you guys think, you're just gonna keep fighting for smaller and smaller slices of the pie. I want off this planet. Once we've got that pathway open you all can go whatever way you want in your little bucket...

      March 31, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Vhoosh


      Yeah I'm sure that particle physicist can make a huge impact in the field bio engineering. Hey that aeronautics engineer really sure will come in handy when discussing foreign policy. Please getting of this rock we call Earth is one of the most important endeavors humanity is undertaking. The small pittance that NASA gets compared to the social programs and the military isn't going to fix anything, and yet will probably help lead the way to mankind's next great journey.

      March 31, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      NASA's entire budget is 25% LESS than just the bonuses paid by Wall Street firms to their execs, who incidentally received a public bail out that was nearly 40 times as big as NASA's entire budget, and Federal Reserve funds topping 667 times NASA's entire budget. Compared to the parasites on Wall Street, who create nothing, NASA is an amazing investment.

      March 31, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Yes! Lets defund NASA and only worry about problems here. Dont worry about space at all. And in a few years...maybe a few hundred a big rock is going to come flying at the earth at 125,000 MPH or some garbage. And then when we have maybe a couple years warning (none because you defunded stuff like NEO)...And no technology to deal with anything in space, solving all those issues here will be rendered useless. Get it? Probably not..

      Ill put it simple for you. Stick your head in the sand and sooner or later someone or something is going to come along and kick you in the butt.

      March 31, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnnyiola

      Actually, solving humanity's problems would be pretty easy. Make people pass a skills test and employment test before they are allowed to have children, legalize drugs and tax them and if someone is convicted of murder or corporate theft execute them within 30 days of sentencing. That should do it.

      March 31, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      What a small mind Philip has. How sad for him.

      March 31, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      And war and funding rebels (that's how we created Al Quaeda) is a better use for our budget????

      March 31, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jazz7


    Fly me to the moon
    Let me play among the stars
    Let me see what spring is like
    On Jupiter and Mars
    In other words, hold my hand
    In other words, darling, kiss me

    Fill my life with song
    And let me sing for ever more
    You are all I long for
    All I worship and adore
    In other words, please be true
    In other words, I love you

    Fly me to the moon
    Let me play among the stars
    Let me see what spring is like
    On Jupiter and Mars

    In other words, hold my hand
    In other words, darling, kiss me

    Fill my life with song
    Let me sing for ever more
    You are all I long for
    All I worship and adore
    In other words, please be true
    In other words, in other words
    In other words, in other words
    In other words
    I love ... you

    March 30, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • stonemason89

      The Red Hot Chili Peppers sang about "memories of everything and lemon trees on Mercury..."

      March 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daffy Qadaffi

      Copyright violation!!!

      March 30, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • midnitejax

      No doubt a bunch of co eds that smoke dope. You can't follow the subject at hand. They have chat forums for useless dribble. Leave the important sites for people with something constructive and intelligent to say.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I love that song. If I ever fly to yhr moon thats my anthamn

      March 31, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Wow! you should have that on they used to have these kinda phony contests where you entered your poem. Most everyone get's 'honorable mention' along with a genuine certificate...And! a discount on the hardcover edition that includes your poem. I purty much strictly do not buy a hardcover unless the soft was great. So all I got is a cert. he he...but it's fun. Very nice work Jazz

    March 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      No that's a song which was song by many singers, namely Frank Sanatra and Tony Bennett, I prefer Tony's . I love JAZZ thus my name is JAZZ 7

      March 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      WOW... really? WOW...

      March 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    I like Tony's Pizza too. But I prefer Guiseppe's. And I recall you and I chatting about Jazz. (Keiko) Sinatra and Bennet are like scotch whiskey. While being so smoothe so as to be on a rope, I just never aquired the taste. I look at it like a squirrel looks at a stashed acorn.

    March 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazz7

    LOLOL , how u doing ?

    March 30, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Bderrrr. went back and read it again...heard that song a thousand times. (ex was a big on Sinatra)

    March 30, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jazz7

    I like Tony's raspy voice , sounds se@y , woooooo , hoooooooo

    March 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jazz7

    cant spell Se2y with out being able to post sorry it took so long to reply

    March 30, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Tony was the real thing to be sure. That said, Wayne Newton is nothing more than a shadow. Like a wax doll. Not that Wayne didn't put on one helluva show. It's just Bennet and Sinatra are such standouts.

    March 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazz7

    when they walk into a room you cant take your eyes off them. Wayne was more like VEGAS , while frank and tony are like the finest italian wine

    March 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ThomasD

    It seems, by reading at, that most of the benifits resulting from missions such as this aren't derived as much from the missions themselves as the thousands of hours of research conducted in thier preperation and planning. The contribution to the medical field alone has been more than worth the cost. If it were up to me, we would dump billions into space exploration rather than give it away to other nations.

    March 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justaguy

      I think the biggest benefit of these missions is that the news articles attract the morons to post, thereby freeing other forums from their pointless banter and painful drivel.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arick

      Only a fool with no vision beyond his on petty existence would question to benefits of space exploration.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      i read the posts for fun and entertanment. I canr begin to question the iq of these people. I think its a game as to who can be the stupidest. Ant way from my cell its fun

      March 31, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jazz7

    It would be nice to have a vacation home there , lol 🙂 I think we have to much tugging at us right now. Priorites for some are not always for others. I believe that PPL are of utmost concern then space , that is if were are just talking about those to issues. Thomas D what do u do for a living , u seem to have some intelligence

    March 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
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