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MESSENGER flyby animation
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- Title MESSENGER flyby animation
- Released 05/06/2007 12:08 pm
- Copyright NASA/APL
ESA’s Venus Express, in orbit around Venus since 11 April 2006, will be joined for a few hours by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, flying by Venus while on its way to Mercury. This animation shows both the Venus Express and MESSENGER spacecraft in orbit around Venus at the time of the fly-by.
Earth-based observatories and telescopes in orbit around Earth will also be watching. Looking at Venus together, spacecraft and ground observatories will obtain a unique set of data each, so many different ‘eyes’ will observe the same regions and phenomena during the same time frame.