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Messenger spacecraft departs Mercury

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Uploaded on Jan 30, 2008

Messenger's Narrow Angle Camera took 288 images of Mercury in the day or so after its closest pass by the planet on 14 January. At the start of the movie, the spacecraft is about 34,000 km from the surface, while at the end it is about 440,000 km away (Courtesy of NASA/JHU APL/CIW)

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