Messenger Fly by movie

From: satcom (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Fri Aug 26 2005 - 13:15:28 EDT

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    Following has just been posted on the FPspace list , links to some 
    spectacular images from Messenger taken during the fly by.
    Interestingly , if you scroll to  a time of  235951 you'll see a small 
    object pop up......probably a hot pixel bearing in mind the spacecraft was 
    about 60,000 miles out at the time.....however its nearness to Earth shadow 
    could just suggest its a satellite .
    
    John
    
    
    
    >MESSENGER Mission News
    >August 24, 2005
    >http://messenger.jhuapl.edu
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    >MESSENGER Mission News
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    >August 26, 2005
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    >Movie Headlines MESSENGER Earth Flyby Gallery
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    >The pictures from MESSENGER's Aug. 2 flyby of Earth are in - and they
    >are spectacular! The collection includes
    ><http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/the_mission/flyby_twins.html> "natural"
    >color and infrared views of North and South America; a peek at the
    ><http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/the_mission/flyby_galapagos.html> Galapagos
    >Islands through a break in the clouds; and a
    ><http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/the_mission/flyby_movie.html> movie of the
    >rotating Earth, taken as MESSENGER sped away from its home planet.
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    >The close flyby of the Earth and Moon allowed the MESSENGER spacecraft
    >to give its two cameras, known as the Mercury Dual Imaging System
    >(MDIS), a thorough workout. The images were planned to enable scientists
    >to understand fully how the cameras are operating in flight in
    >comparison with test results obtained in the laboratory before launch.
    >Images were taken in full color and at different resolutions, and the
    >cameras passed their tests with flying colors.
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    >Not only are these images useful for carefully calibrating the imaging
    >system in preparation for the spacecraft's Mercury encounters, but they
    >have also shown a unique view of the Earth. Clear skies over much of
    >South America allow features such as the Amazon, the Andes and Lake
    >Titicaca to be discerned, as well as huge swaths of rain forest.
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    >One of the highlights of the returned images is a movie, comprised of
    >hundreds of color images taken over a 24-hour period, showing one full
    >rotation of the Earth.
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    >"We are thrilled with the images from the flyby, which have demonstrated
    >that MDIS is performing exactly as planned," said Louise Prockter,
    >MESSENGER's deputy instrument scientist, who planned the observations.
    >"The movie has brought home to me the contrast between our beautiful
    >ocean-covered, cloud-wreathed Earth and our destination planet Mercury -
    >a world on which lead would melt on the daytime surface near the equator
    >but one on which ice may be stable for eons on the shadowed floors of
    >polar craters.  We have much to learn about a planet that, although one
    >of our nearest neighbors in the solar system, differs profoundly from
    >Earth in bulk composition and geologic history. The tests we carried out
    >during the Earth flyby show that our cameras are well up to the task of
    >unlocking many of Mercury's secrets."
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    >Click  <http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/index.html> here to the view the
    >images, or visit the MESSENGER Web site at:
    ><http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/index.html>
    >http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/index.html.
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    >MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and
    >Ranging) is a NASA-sponsored scientific investigation of the planet
    >Mercury, and the first space mission designed to orbit the planet
    >closest to the Sun. The MESSENGER spacecraft launched on Aug. 3, 2004,
    >and after flybys of Earth, Venus and Mercury will start a yearlong study
    >of its target planet in March 2011. Dr. Sean C. Solomon, of the Carnegie
    >Institution of Washington <http://carnegieinstitution.org/> , leads the
    >mission as principal investigator. The Johns Hopkins University Applied
    >Physics  <http://www.jhuapl.edu/> Laboratory  built and operates the
    >MESSENGER spacecraft and manages the Discovery
    ><http://discovery.nasa.gov/> -class mission for NASA
    ><http://www.nasa.gov/> .
    
    
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