UID in Messenger fly-by photo

From: Allen Thomson (thomsona@flash.net)
Date: Tue Sep 06 2005 - 13:53:41 EDT

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    This is probably in the idle curiosity category,  but if you look at the 
    "Image of Messenger" in http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/flyby/index.html , 
    there's a streak in the lower right quadrant that might be a satellite.
    Anybody want to try to ID it?
    The image caption says,
    "This image, taken with the TAROT CNES telescope (Latitude: 43.75deg N - 
    Longitude: 6.92deg E) in southeastern France, reveals the position of 
    MESSENGER as a streak of light near the center. At the time that the image 
    was taken, 20:16:39 UTC (8:16 pm), the MESSENGER spacecraft was about 21,640 
    km above the eastern Atlantic Ocean near the western coast of Africa - due 
    west of Luanda, Angola and due south of Cote d'Ivoire.
    "Photo credit: Régis Bertrand, B. Deguine and S. Rios-Bergantinos, CNES 
    (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales)" 
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