MESSENGER flyby preview
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla
10-01-2008 15:45 CST
I listened in to this morning's press conference and have now posted an extensive preview of Monday's flyby of Mercury by MESSENGER. Enjoy!
And here's that optical navigation photo of Mercury from MESSENGER that I lamented not having yesterday. It's not much to look at yet; it's funny how most planets look pretty much the same from long distance and high phase (that is, when they're illuminated as a crescent). That's definitely Mercury, but I'm sure you'd have no trouble believing me if I told you that was Venus or even Uranus.I'm not sure if we'll see any other pictures from MESSENGER until next week (if then); they were careful at this morning's press conference to state that it may be a week or even longer before they release any pictures. Stay tuned.
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