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This computer-generated image simulates the view of Earth and the Moon as MESSENGER's Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) saw them while taking test photos on May 11, 2005. Earth's orbit plane — known as the ecliptic — divides the top and bottom halves of the image. The MESSENGER Mission Design Team created the image using the Satellite Tool Kit software, developed by Analytical Graphics, Inc.

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

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