NASA MESSENGER Takes Historic Photo of Mercury

History was made yesterday when NASA’s satellite MESSENGER became the first spacecraft to send back photographs of Mercury, while in orbit. I’d love to be able to photograph Mercury up close, but my camera isn’t rated to 430 degrees Celsius.

Early this morning, at 5:20 am EDT, MESSENGER captured this historic image of Mercury. This image is the first ever obtained from a spacecraft in orbit about the Solar System’s innermost planet. Over the subsequent six hours, MESSENGER acquired an additional 363 images before downlinking some of the data to Earth. The MESSENGER team is currently looking over the newly returned data, which are still continuing to come down.” – NASA Goddard

Link: NASA Goddard’s Flickr Profile

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