October 6, 2008
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET):
Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Mercury's diameter is 4880 kilometers (3030 miles)
95,000-370,000 kilometers (59,000-230,000 miles)
These images were taken by MESSENGER as the spacecraft departed Mercury after completing its second flyby on October 6, 2008. During this sequence, images were taken every five minutes. A portion of the same sequence, totaling 198 images in all, has also been made into a movie
. MESSENGER will make its third and final flyby of Mercury on September 29, 2009, and will become the first spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury in March 2011.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
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