PIA18148: MESSENGER Departing Earth (Artist's Concept)
Target Name: Mercury
Mission: MESSENGER
Spacecraft: MESSENGER
Product Size: 1800 x 1626 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Johns Hopkins University/APL
Other Information: More artist's impressions from MESSENGER
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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.

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Image Credit:
NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Image Addition Date:
2004-08-03