PIA18148: MESSENGER Departing Earth (Artist's Concept)
 Target Name:  Mercury
 Mission:  MESSENGER
 Spacecraft:  MESSENGER
 Product Size:  1800 x 1626 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Johns Hopkins University/APL
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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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NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

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