n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - MESSENGER spacecraft flyby observed from Cape Town

Volume 64, Issue 9_10
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



Extracted from text ... mnassa vol 64 nos 9 & 10 170 observer's page On 2004 August 03, the Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging Mission - MESSENGER - lifted off from Cape Canaveral on the start of its seven-year journey to eventually orbit the planet Mercury. The spacecraft was then placed in a 365 day solar orbit inclined at 6? to the Earth's orbital plane. On 2005 August 02 MESSENGER again returned to the vicinity of the Earth and did a rapid flyby to re-direct it into an orbit that will swing it inwards towards the planet Venus. It will then ..

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