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Workers help while an overhead crane lowers the Mercury Surface Space Environment Geochemistry and Ranging onto a fixture.

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NASA
Washington, DC, United States

At Astrotech Space Operations facilities near KSC, workers help while an overhead crane lowers the Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft onto a turnover fixture. Workers will perform the propulsion system phasing test - firing gas through the thrusters in order to verify that the right thrusters fire when expected - as part of prelaunch testing at the site. Launch is scheduled for May 11 from Pad 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The spacecraft will fly past Venus three times and Mercury twice before starting a year-long orbital study of Mercury in July 2009.

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  • Title: Workers help while an overhead crane lowers the Mercury Surface Space Environment Geochemistry and Ranging onto a fixture.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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