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Mapping Geological Features on Mercury

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Victoria Quadrangle

Mercury, the innermost planet of our Solar System is a grey, barren world to our human eyes.


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Impact of Small Collisions On Mercury's Thin Atmosphere

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Mercury's Pole

Mercury, our smallest planetary neighbor, has very little to call an atmosphere, but it does have a strange weather pattern: morning micro-meteor showers.

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Mercury's Poles May Be Icier Than Previously Thought

Mercury's Poles May Be Icier Than Previously Thought

The scorching hot surface of Mercury seems like an unlikely place to find ice, but research over the past three decades has suggested that water is frozen on the first rock from the Sun, hidden away on crater floors that are permanently shadowed from the Sun's blistering rays.


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European Space Agency Media Briefing on the Mercury BepiColombo Mission

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The European Space Agency held a media briefing at ESA's technical centre in the Netherlands on July 6 to discuss the upcoming mission BepiColombo to Mercury.


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BepiColombo to Uncover Mercury's Mysteries

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Mercury remains the most mysterious planet of our inner Solar System. BepiColombo, Europe's first mission to Mercury, will set off in October 2018 on a journey to the smallest and least explored rocky planet in our Solar System.


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Great Valley Found on Mercury

Great Valley Found on Mercury

Scientists have discovered a new large valley on Mercury that may be the first evidence of buckling of the planet's outer silicate shell in response to global contraction.


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Mercury is Tectonically Active

Mercury is Tectonically Active

It's small, it's hot, and it's shrinking. New NASA-funded research suggests that Mercury is contracting even today, joining Earth as a tectonically active planet.


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Volcanic Activity on Mercury Stopped About 3.5 Billion Years Ago

Volcanic Activity on Mercury Stopped About 3.5 Billion Years Ago

New research from North Carolina State University finds that major volcanic activity on the planet Mercury most likely ended about 3.5 billion years ago.


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Russia Plans for Ganymede and Mercury Missions Continue

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Russian plans to send a lander to Ganymede, the Laplace mission, and an orbiter to Mercury. This video from the Russian space agency ROSCOMOS provides an update on the missions.


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Preparing BepiColombo For Mercury

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The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury must withstand extremely harsh conditions while in orbit around the innermost planet of our Solar System.


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Researchers Trace Mercury's Origins to Rare Meteorite

Researchers Trace Mercury's Origins to Rare Meteorite

Around 4.6 billion years ago, the universe was a chaos of collapsing gas and spinning debris.


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Stunning Video: Mercury Transits The Face of The Sun

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Around 13 times per century, Mercury passes between Earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit.


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First Global Topographic Model of Mercury

First Global Topographic Model of Mercury

The MESSENGER mission has released the first global digital elevation model (DEM) of Mercury, revealing in stunning detail the topography across the entire innermost planet and paving the way for scientists to characterize fully the planet's geologic history.


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Watch Mercury Transit The Sun

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NASA is inviting media and viewers around the world to see a relatively rare celestial event, with coverage of the Monday, May 9 transit of the sun by the planet Mercury.


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Mercury's Mysterious Darkness Revealed

Mercury's Mysterious Darkness Revealed

Scientists have long been puzzled about what makes Mercury's surface so dark.


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Mercury Gets a Meteoroid Shower From Comet Encke

Mercury Gets a Meteoroid Shower From Comet Encke

The planet Mercury is being pelted regularly by bits of dust from an ancient comet, a new study has concluded.


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BepiColombo Mercury Orbiter Preparations Continue

BepiColombo Mercury Orbiter Preparations Continue

Modules of the BepiColombo spacecraft, which will be on public view during the Sunday 4 October Open Day of ESA's ESTEC technical centre in the Netherlands.



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