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Mission Briefing

Mission preview - Our story looking at the MESSENGER project and its launch.

Launch timeline - Chart with times and descriptions of events to occur during the launch.

Launch windows - Listing of the daily launch times for MESSENGER to lift off.

Weather forecast - The latest forecast for launch day conditions.

Ground track - See the trajectory the rocket will follow during its flight.

MESSENGER - Technical description of the probe's instruments and systems.

Science objectives - Overview of MESSENGER's scientific goals to provide a better understanding of Mercury.

Mercury - Fast facts about our solar system's innermost planet.

Delta 2 rocket - Overview of the Delta 2-Heavy 7925H-model rocket used to launch MESSENGER.

SLC-17 - The launch complex where Delta rockets fly from Cape Canaveral.

Delta directory - See our coverage of previous Delta rocket flights.

MESSENGER launch windows
Posted: July 22, 2004

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Eastern Daylight Time
August 2 2:16:11 a.m. 2:16:23 a.m.
August 3 2:15:56 a.m. 2:16:08 a.m.
August 4 2:15:22 a.m. 2:15:34 a.m.
August 5 2:15:12 a.m. 2:15:24 a.m.
August 6 2:14:58 a.m. 2:15:10 a.m.
August 7 2:14:47 a.m. 2:14:59 a.m.
August 8 2:14:22 a.m. 2:14:34 a.m.
August 9 2:14:07 a.m. 2:14:19 a.m.
August 10 2:13:54 a.m. 2:14:06 a.m.
August 11 2:13:49 a.m. 2:14:01 a.m.
August 12 2:13:42 a.m. 2:13:54 a.m.
August 13 2:13:29 a.m. 2:13:41 a.m.
August 14 2:13:41 a.m. 2:13:53 a.m.

Data source: NASA

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