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A NASA space probe 'Messenger' will fly close over Mercury on October 6th.

Messenger weighs over 2400 lbs (1100kgs) was launched August 2004 for a cost of almost $300million. One of the probe's purpose was to help scientists understand how Earth, Mars, and Venus were formed together with the Sun.

The Messenger probe will take more than 1,200 pictures and collect data from the smallest planet in the solar system when it swings 125 miles (200 kilometers) above Mercury's cratered surface on Oct. 6, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said.

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