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After a 2-week delay in its schedule, the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft is back on track for launch.
On August 2, 2005, MESSENGER flew by Earth at an altitude of a mere 2,347 kilometers above Mongolia.
I was browsing the MESSENGER website just now, and found a neat photo. It's a picture of MESSENGER as seen from Earth when it flew by yesterday.
MESSENGER is now returning images as it is bearing down on Earth.
The MESSENGER Mercury orbiter, which launched a year ago next week, is on target for its Earth flyby on August 2.
As MESSENGER began its approach for its August 2 flyby of Earth, its cameras have snapped their first images. The images clearly show a cloudy Earth—and, to scientists' surprise, the Moon as well.
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