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From March 2003 to July 2004, the MESSENGER Webcam let us peek in on the progress of the spacecraft and the team that guided it to space. Updating once a minute, the camera captured MESSENGER's earliest days of integration and testing at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, through space environment tests at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and launch preparations near Kennedy Space Center, to the final moments before its move to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Click below to see one of the weekly annotated images from the Webcam (highlighting an aspect of spacecraft testing or development) or one of the daily, monthly or "full build" time-lapse movies of MESSENGER's journey from development to launch. For information regarding the use of MESSENGER images, see the image use policy.

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Last updated: August 20, 2004

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