PIA18148: MESSENGER Departing Earth (Artist's Concept)

MESSENGER Departing Earth (Artist’s Concept)


Artist's impression of the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft as it leaves Earth, following its Aug. 3, 2004 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. aboard a Delta II rocket. The spacecraft will fly past Earth once, Venus twice and Mercury three times before starting a yearlong orbital study of the innermost planet in March 2011.

Background Info:

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Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mercury Earth, Venus
System Mercury Earth
Target Type Earth Planet
Instrument Host MESSENGER
Host Type Orbiter
Extra Keywords Artwork, Color
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2004-08-03
Date in Caption 2004-08-03
Image Credit NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA18148
Identifier PIA18148