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Vibration Test (rear view)

MESSENGER team members adjust the Mercury-bound spacecraft's ceramic-fabric sunshade before conducting vibration tests at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. The tests checked the spacecraft's structural integrity by simulating the rough ride atop a launch vehicle.

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

 


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