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Orbiting Mercury only to have a scare with Mariner showing up again.  A close friend and team member (The Electric Pole) e:mailed me:

I just got a message about MESSENGER from Jim Raines, see the link below. This is really unbelievable that Mariner should show up.  I wonder what the separation distance was between MESSENGER and Mariner.  That would be a bizarre fate to make it into orbit only to be smashed to bits by the only derelict spacecraft within 80,000,000 miles.

This is like a guy dumping his girlfriend as if she were a post-coitus $20 hooker and then when she gets a new boyfriend he suddenly shows up to crash the party.  See the pic of Mariner taken by MESSENGER…

More info here:

http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/image.php?gallery_id=2&image_id=448

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