First Image From A Space Craft In Orbit


March 30, 2011 /Photography News/  At 5:20 am EDT on Mar. 29, 2011, NASA’s MESSENGER captured this historic image of Mercury. This image is the first ever obtained from a spacecraft in orbit about the Solar System’s innermost planet. Over the subsequent six hours, MESSENGER acquired an additional 363 images before downlinking some of the data to Earth. The MESSENGER team is currently looking over the newly returned data, which are still continuing to come down.