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An X-band antenna are prepared to observe the MESSENGER Mercury Surface Space Environment Geochemistry and Ranging launch.

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An X-band (left) and a C-band radar antenna are prepared to observe the MESSENGER (Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging) launch. The antennas are on loan to KSC from the USNS Pathfinder, a U.S. Navy instrumentation ship. They have been installed at site north of Haulover Canal where the National Center for Atmospheric Research previously had a radar for thunderstorm research. NASA is evaluating the pair of radars for their ability to observe possible debris coming from the Space Shuttle during launch, part of NASA’s initiative to return the Space Shuttle to flight.

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  • Title: An X-band antenna are prepared to observe the MESSENGER Mercury Surface Space Environment Geochemistry and Ranging launch.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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