Emily LakdawallaJan 12, 2008

The latest from Mercury

This image is just over a day old. In the time since it was taken and the time that I'm posting it MESSENGER has flown 300,000 kilometers closer to Mercury, 18% of the remaining distance....here we come! I'll follow this image with the two posted on previous days so you can see how Mercury is growing in the forward view.

MESSENGER approaches Mercury


MESSENGER approaches Mercury
MESSENGER snapped this image of a crescent Mercury through its narrow-angle camera on January 11 at 09:06 UTC when it was about 1.7 million kilometers from the planet.

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