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August 1, 2014
MESSENGER Team Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Launch
Ten years ago, on August 3, 2004, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, for a risky mission that would take the small satellite dangerously close to Mercury's surface, paving the way for an ambitious study of the planet closest to the Sun. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of its launch, the MESSENGER team has released a movie acquired during an early stage of MESSENGER's low-altitude campaign. [more]

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August 3, 2004
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Mercury Orbit Insertion
March 18, 2011
00:45 UTC
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Featured Images

August 22, 2014
Watch out! The floor's hollow!
August 20, 2014
Three Views of Hokusai
August 18, 2014
Blue and Yellow
August 15, 2014
Simple Shapes
August 13, 2014
Tea Time with MESSENGER