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Mercury Contracted More Than Prior Estimates

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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

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Mercury as Seen By MESSENGER

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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Looking at The Horizon of Mercury

Looking at The Horizon of Mercury

Three named craters are featured prominently in this view.


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MESSENGER Celebrates 1,000 Earth Days in Orbit around Mercury

MESSENGER Celebrates 1,000 Earth Days in Orbit around Mercury

The MESSENGER spacecraft has completed 1,000 Earth days of flight operations in orbit around Mercury.


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Craters in the Caloris Basin on Mercury

Craters in the Caloris Basin on Mercury

This image features several craters near the eastern edge of the Caloris basin. The larger craters have excavated low reflectance material, and both have hollows forming within their floors.


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An Explanation of the Rotational State of Mercury

An Explanation of the Rotational State of Mercury

Planetary scientists are announcing today a new explanation of the current rotational state of the planet Mercury. The report is being presented by Dr. Benoit Noyelles of the University of Namur, Belgium, to the meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, held in Denver, CO.


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1,000th Featured Image from the Mercury MESSENGER Spacecraft

1,000th Featured Image from the Mercury MESSENGER Spacecraft

The MESSENGER project is celebrating the posting today of the 1,000th featured image from Mercury. The Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) team has posted a new image to the MESSENGER website approximately once per business day since March 29, 2011, when the first image obtained from orbit about the innermost planet was made public.


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Mercury - Peaking into the Dark

Mercury - Peaking into the Dark

In this dramatic scene, an unnamed crater in Mercury's northern volcanic plains is bathed in darkness as the sun sits low on the horizon.


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Enhanced Color Mercury Map

Enhanced Color Mercury Map

This colorful view of Mercury was produced by using images from the color base map imaging campaign during MESSENGER's primary mission.


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NASA Software Updated for 3D View of Mercury

NASA Software Updated for 3D View of Mercury

NASA's ACT-REACT Quickmap tool has recently been updated with a new 3D Live View function to visualize the surface of Mercury.


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Mercury: Fiery Yellow, Scattered Blue

Mercury: Fiery Yellow, Scattered Blue

This false color image shows a bright fresh crater exhibiting possible evidence of a pyroclastic deposit on it's eastern side (shown by the bright yellow); as well as a series of secondaries which have excavated sub-surface material resulting in the blues seen in the north-east corner of the image.


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NASA and Italian Space Agency Sign Agreement on Exploration of Mercury

NASA and Italian Space Agency Sign Agreement on Exploration of Mercury

At a meeting in Rome Thursday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Italian Space Agency (ASI) President Enrico Saggese signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation on the European Space Agency- (ESA) led BepiColombo mission to Mercury, strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation between NASA and ASI in planetary exploration.


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A View of Mercury From Afar

A View of Mercury From Afar

This image of Mercury, acquired by the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) aboard NASA's MESSENGER mission on April 23, 2013, allows us to take a step back to view the planet.


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Mercury 100% Coverage

Mercury 100% Coverage

At the very end of 2012, MESSENGER obtained the final image needed to view 100% of Mercury's surface under daylight conditions. The mosaics shown here cover all of Mercury's surface and were produced by using the monochrome mosaic released by NASA's Planetary Data System (PDS) on March 8, 2013, as the base. The full resolution mosaics are available for download on MESSENGER's Global Mosaics webpage.


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MESSENGER Completes Its 2,000th Orbit of Mercury

MESSENGER Completes Its 2,000th Orbit of Mercury

MESSENGER began its 2,000th orbit around Mercury earlier this week, on May 22. The spacecraft completed its primary mission on March 17, 2012, and its first extended mission on March 17, 2013.



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