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23-Jan-08 | MESSENGER on course, data dump complete

On 18 January the MESSENGER team announced that the spacecraft missed its targeted aim point by a mere 5.12 miles—not too shabby considering the billions of miles it has already travelled, and well within nominal. The gravity assist it received from Mercury put it on course for the next fly-by in October. A trajectory correction known as DSM-3 is expected some time during that cruise. Meanwhile, data from the fly-by have been received on Earth, and the handful of images released so far have been spectacular.


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