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SPACE: Messenger spacecraft picture infographic

Messenger spacecraft picture

Graphic News

July 30, 2004 -- Neal Bachtell of The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Md., attaches the middle section of the ceramic-fabric sunshade to the Mercury-bound Messenger spacecraft. The shade, made from the same materials that protect sections of the space shuttle and International Space Station, will keep Messenger's instruments at room temperature while the spacecraft orbits the planet closest to the sun.

NEW GRAPHIC NEWS - a new website for a new era.

28 years ago — April 2, 1991 — the original Graphic News launched using a precursor to today’s websites that used email technology. These enabled infographics to be delivered electronically around the world over telephone lines. What was possible was very limited - It took 10 minutes for a 100K file to download.

Since then delivery speeds and website technology have moved on. The new website will offer the best online experience possible now, adding many new features (and offering new opportunities for the future), but still enabling existing users to select and download infographics and enjoy the distinct brand of visual journalism that is Graphic News.

Over the coming weeks I will give further information. Please contact me if you have any questions. Fiona Roberts, froberts @