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Mercury is the least-explored of the terrestrial planets. It has been visited only by Mariner 10, which flew by the planet three times in 1974 and 1975.


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MESSENGER successfully launches aboard a Delta II Heavy rocket.

The MESSENGER spacecraft successfully launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Image credit: NASA

LAUNCH STATUS:
Launch Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2004
Launch Time: 2:15:56.537 a.m. EDT
Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

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MISSION UPDATE:
The MESSENGER spacecraft lifted off on-time aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket from pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 2:15:56 a.m. EDT. MESSENGER has successfully begun its mission to unravel the mysteries of planet Mercury.

For additional information refer to our Launch Pad, Processing and Firing Room pages.



 
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