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First Image Ever Obtained from Mercury Orbit

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Mercury via MESSENGER

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

At 5:20 am EDT on Mar. 29, 2011, Messenger captured this historic image of Mercury, 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.

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