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Leaving APL

The moving van carrying NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft pulls away from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. - where MESSENGER was designed and built - starting the 20-mile trip to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., on Dec. 19. At Goddard, the Mercury-bound spacecraft underwent testing in preparation for its August 2004 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

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


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