First Mercury Orbit Picture

This beautiful image of the planet Mercury was taken by the Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft on March 18, 2011 (UTC)... More Below... Posted by on Mar 30th, 2011 and filed under Science.

Image by NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

This beautiful image of the planet Mercury was taken by the Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft on March 18, 2011 (UTC) during it’s orbit around the Solar Systems innermost planet.

The MESSENGER is the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury and used the Wide Angle Camera (WAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) to take the image.

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