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On January 9, 2008, the MESSENGER spacecraft snapped [URL=http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/]one of its first images[/URL] of Mercury at a distance of about 2.7 million kilometers (1.7 million miles) from the planet.
The image was acquired with the Narrow Angle Camera, one half of MESSENGER's Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) instrument. Mercury is about 4880 kilometers (3030 miles) in diameter, and this image has a resolution of about 70 kilometers/pixel (43 miles/pixel).
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