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Messenger Mercury Probe Set for Liftoff

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Messenger Mercury Probe Set for Liftoff

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Messenger Mercury Probe Set for Liftoff

Messenger Mercury Probe Set for Liftoff

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NASA prepares to launch a space probe Monday that will conduct an expedition to the planet Mercury. The Messenger craft — the name stands for Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging — is slated to arrive at Mercury in 2011.

The probe will be launched from Cape Canaveral, where it was recently placed atop a Boeing Delta II rocket.

NPR's David Kestenbaum reports.

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