The computer-generated images below are simulated views. The images were created using the Satellite Tool Kit (STK) software, which was developed by Analytical Graphics, Inc. Click on an image below to be directed to a descriptive caption and a larger, current view of the image.
Beginning with Mercury orbit insertion on March 18, 2011, the design of "Where Is MESSENGER?" was updated to reflect the changing nature of the MESSENGER mission. Just as the spacecraft orbit transitioned from an orbiter of the Sun to an orbiter of Mercury, the focus of this feature's views changed from primarily Sun centered to Mercury centered.