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MESSENGER accidentally took a photo of lost Mariner 10
posted April 4 2011 20:58.33 by Giorgos Lazaridis

Ancient history some may say! Back in 1973, Mariner 10 was launched to visit mercury. Mariner 10 visited Mercury three times in 1974 and 1975, and then communication with the probe was lost. That was the first and last time that a shuttle visited this hostile planet, until now. In March 29 this year, MESSENGER sent the first image of Mercury back to us, and from then it keeps sending us images. One of these images was kinda weird though. A strange object appeared! Many said that it was the effect of solar neutrinos on the camera... But one of MESSENGERís Science Team members, Prof. S. T. Rom, recognized the object immediately, it was the old and lost Mariner 10! Isn't this just fantastic? Click the following image to see it in full size.

[Link: universetoday]
Tags: history   crazy story   crazy photo/video   space related   

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