The mission to Mercury

May 18, 2011

Lecture by Professor of Astrophysics and member of the Academy of Athens Dr. Stamatios Krimigis, and the world premiere presentation of the findings by the NASA Messenger mission to Mercury...

Stamatios Krimigis

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft, specially equipped to withstand the intense heat found in close proximity to the sun, moved into orbit around Mercury on March 18, 2011. The spacecraft is the first to orbit the innermost planet.  At the time of orbit  Messenger was 46 million kilometers from the sun –closer than ever- and 55 million kilometers from the Earth. The spacecraft, carrying seven scientific instruments, collected data on its approach to Mercury. 
The lecture will be given in Greek with simultaneous projection of photographic material.

Dr. Stamatios Krimigis was born on Chios in the village of Vrontados. He studied in the USA at the Universities of Minnesota and Iowa. He was Assistant Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa, and in 1968 was appointed supervisor of the Space Physics Section of the Applied Physics Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University. In 1980 he was appointed chief scientist at the Space Department of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and in 1991 he became head of the Department. In November 2004 he was elected member of the Academy of Athens to the newly established chair of Science of Space and in 2007 president of the Order of Physical and Natural Sciences. He is currently President of the International Academy of Astronautics. The event is realized in cooperation with the Greek Alumni of American Universities.


Organizer Hellenic American Union, Greek Alumni of American Universities
Venue Hellenic American Union Theater
Start Date 18/05/2011
End Date 18/05/2011
Starting Time 20:00
Type Talk - Presentation
Participants Dr. Stamatios Krimigis
Languages: EL
Interpretation Provided: No
Registration Required: No
Reservation Required: No
Admission Fee Admission is free


  • The Messenger mission to Mercury (Part 1)
  • The Messenger mission to Mercury (Part 2)
  • The Messenger mission to Mercury (Part 3)
  • The Messenger mission to Mercury (Part 4)
Last Update At: 2011/07/11 - 16:45:21



Stay Connected

Hellenic American Union Twitter Hellenic American Union Facebook  linkedin logo

 YouTube logo  Instagram logo

Worth Visiting 

Hellenic American Union Thessaloniki


Μember of

Μέλος του Δικτύου Μουσείων και Πολιτιστικών Φορέων Ιστορικού Κέντρου Αθηνών

Athens Culture Net logo



Where to find us

Division of Cultural Affairs
Massalias 22,
10680 Athens
Tel.: 2103680052, 2103680047
Fax: 2122222629



Print this page
Send this page