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Missions to Mercury

Mission
Country
Launch Date
Arrival Date
Type
Encounter
Characteristics
MESSENGER
(MErcury Surface,
Space ENvironment,
GEochemistry, and Ranging)
USA
August 2004
March 2011
Flybys and Orbit
Will study Mercury from orbit for one year
USA
November 3, 1973
March 29, 1974
Flyby
10,000 images covering 57% of the planet
Currently in Solar Orbit

An Overview of Space Exploration

Last modified July 30, 2004 by Randy Russell.

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