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Thursday, January 17, 2008

MESSENGER Sends Mercury Pics

The MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) Probe has conducted its first flyby of Mercury, the smallest, and innermost planet of the Solar System.

MESSENGER will become the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury, with orbit insertion to take place on March 18, 2011. MESSENGER's mission calls for two flyby's of the planet. The first took place yesterday, allowing MESSENGER to capture detailed images of previously unseen swathes of the Mercury's surface.

MESSENGER's Flyby 2 will occur on October 6, 2008.

It is very important that we learn all we can about the various celebrities. But also it's nice to see something that no one has ever seen before in all of human history, especially if it's the surface of another planet.

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