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The MESSENGER fly-by, an illustration
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- Title The MESSENGER fly-by, an illustration
- Released 04/06/2007 2:22 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.
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.