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Fraser
2008-Jan-23, 02:10 PM
The MESSENGER science team released more pictures from the Jan. 14 flyby, including what we’ve all been waiting for, the first one in color!The color image was created by combining three separate images taken through MESSENGER’s Wide Angle Camera (WAC) filters in the infrared, far red, and violet wavelengths (red, green, and blue filters for [...]

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crosscountry
2008-Jan-23, 02:16 PM
this is neat. when do they do orbital insertion? within the year?

schlaugh
2008-Jan-23, 02:53 PM
this is neat. when do they do orbital insertion? within the year?

Nope:


MESSENGER will travel more than six and a half years before it begins to orbit Mercury in March 2011. This journey includes a flyby of Earth (in August 2005), two flybys of Venus (October 2006 and June 2007) and three flybys of Mercury (January 2008, October 2008 and September 2009). Visit the Mission Design (http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/the_mission/index.html) section for details on MESSENGER’s journey.

http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/faq/faq_journey.html#2