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Europe Prepares to Return to Venus

After a 2-week delay in its schedule, the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft is back on track for launch.

Images from the August 2, 2005 MESSENGER Flyby of Earth

On August 2, 2005, MESSENGER flew by Earth at an altitude of a mere 2,347 kilometers above Mongolia.

A photo of MESSENGER

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 getting close

MESSENGER is now returning images as it is bearing down on Earth.

Duck! MESSENGER's Earth flyby is coming up

The MESSENGER Mercury orbiter, which launched a year ago next week, is on target for its Earth flyby on August 2.

MESSENGER Snaps Earth-Moon Image in Approach to First Flyby

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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