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Wrapped in protective film, the MESSENGER spacecraft is loaded into a moving van March 9 at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. for the drive to Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., site of its scheduled July 2004 launch toward the first study of the planet Mercury from orbit.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

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