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of the innermost planet
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The gallery contains a wide variety of images, photos, animations, and movies about all aspects of the mission. New materials are added regularly as the mission progresses. For information regarding the use of MESSENGER images, see the image use policy.

MESSENGER: By the Numbers
This graphic displays a sampling of MESSENGER's impressive statistics.

the Orbits and Locations of Mercury and Comets Encke and ISON during MESSENGER's Comet Observation Campaign
  Images and Movies from the Mission

Browse through science images from the MESSENGER mission using this searchable gallery.


Download global mosaics of Mercury's surface. Available mosaics include one created prior to MESSENGER's orbital operations, high-resolution versions that use MESSENGER's orbital images that are available in NASA's Planetary Data System (PDS), and versions that show Mercury's topography as derived by the Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA).


Explore the surface of Mercury, investigate named craters and other features, see featured MESSENGER images, and take guided tours of the latest Mercury research in the Google Earth interface.


Visit NASA's Planetary Data System (PDS) to access all of MESSENGER's publically released images and data from the mission's full suite of scientific instruments.


Watch movies acquired by the MESSENGER mission during its planetary encounters. Also watch the many preparations involved as the MESSENGER spacecraft was readied for its journey and then launched successfully from Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 3, 2004.


Watch animations of MESSENGER's path through the inner Solar System, including views of the flybys of Earth, Venus, and Mercury, and of the spacecraft once it enters into orbit around Mercury.

Artists' Impressions

View artwork depicting Mercury and the MESSENGER mission. Also, read poems inspired by MESSENGER's historic journey.


Check out photos of the spacecraft as it was tested, loaded for transport, prepared for launch, and finally blasted off, on its way to the inner Solar System and Mercury orbit.

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