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MESSENGER Achieves Unprecedented Success Studying Mercury

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After extraordinary science findings and technological innovations, a NASA spacecraft launched in 2004 to study Mercury will impact the planet's surface, most likely on April 30, after it runs out of propellant.


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MESSENGER's Operations at Mercury Extended

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MESSENGER Maneuver

MESSENGER mission controllers conducted a maneuver yesterday to raise the spacecraft's minimum altitude sufficiently to extend orbital operations and further delay the probe's inevitable impact onto Mercury's surface.

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Comet Dust: Planet Mercury's Invisible Paint

Comet Dust: Planet Mercury's Invisible Paint

A team of scientists has a new explanation for the planet Mercury's dark, barely reflective surface.


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New Surface Composition Maps Illuminate Mercury's History

New Surface Composition Maps Illuminate Mercury's History

Two new papers from members of the MESSENGER Science Team provide global-scale maps of Mercury's surface chemistry that reveal previously unrecognized geochemical terranes large regions that have compositions distinct from their surroundings.


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Caloris Basin on Mercury As Seen From Orbit

Caloris Basin on Mercury As Seen From Orbit

This mosaic of Caloris basin is an enhanced-color composite overlain on a monochrome mosaic.


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Last Chance: Mercury Crater-Naming Contest Ends January 15

Last Chance: Mercury Crater-Naming Contest Ends January 15

The MESSENGER Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Team is reminding interested parties that the competition to name five impact craters on Mercury closes on January 15, 2015. The contest, open to everyone except members of the mission's EPO team, was launched on December 15, 2014.


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Extending MESSENGER's Mission at Mercury

Extending MESSENGER's Mission at Mercury

The MESSENGER spacecraft will soon run literally on fumes.


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MESSENGER Data Suggest Recurring Meteor Shower on Mercury

MESSENGER Data Suggest Recurring Meteor Shower on Mercury

The closest planet to the sun appears to get hit by a periodic meteor shower, possibly associated with a comet that produces multiple events annually on Earth.


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MESSENGER Provides First Optical Images of Ice Near Mercury's North Pole

MESSENGER Provides First Optical Images of Ice Near Mercury's North Pole

NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft has provided the first optical images of ice and other frozen volatile materials within permanently shadowed craters near Mercury's north pole.


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MESSENGER's View of Lunar Eclipse

MESSENGER's View of Lunar Eclipse Video in Story

As millions of people observed the total lunar eclipse on October 8, MESSENGER was also watching.


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Hokusai Crater on Mercury

Hokusai Crater on Mercury

This dramatic image features Hokusai in the foreground, famous for its extensive set of rays, some of which extend for over a thousand kilometers across Mercury's surface.


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Mercury's Magnetic Field Shows How its Interior is Different From Earth's

Mercury's Magnetic Field Shows How its Interior is Different From Earth's

Earth and Mercury are both rocky planets with iron cores, but Mercury's interior differs from Earth's in a way that explains why the planet has such a bizarre magnetic field, UCLA planetary physicists and colleagues report.


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MESSENGER Completes 3,000th Orbit of Mercury and Moves Lower

MESSENGER Completes 3,000th Orbit of Mercury and Moves Lower

On April 20, MESSENGER completed its 3,000th orbit of Mercury and moved closer to the planet than any spacecraft has been before, dropping to an altitude of 199 kilometers (123.7 miles) above the planet's surface.


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Mercury Contracted More Than Prior Estimates

Mercury Contracted More Than Prior Estimates

New evidence gathered by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft at Mercury indicates the planet closest to the sun has shrunk up to 7 kilometers in radius over the past 4 billion years, much more than earlier estimates.


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MESSENGER Surpasses 200,000 Orbital Images of Mercury

MESSENGER Surpasses 200,000 Orbital Images of Mercury

The 1996 proposal for the mission promised a return of at least 1,000 images says Robert Gold, MESSENGER's Science Payload Manager.


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John Lennon's Crater on Mercury

John Lennon's Crater on Mercury

Lennon crater was recently named to honor English musician/singer/songwriter John Lennon (1940-1980).


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The Walls of Crater Damer on Mercury

The Walls of Crater Damer on Mercury

The steep walls of the crater Damer are highlighted in today's image.



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