NASA estimates that the MESSENGER spacecraft will crash into Mercury this afternoon at 3:26 p.m. EDT near the 30-mile-wide crater Janacek on the opposite side of the planet from Earth. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Time To Kill The MESSENGER – NASA Probe Crashes Into Mercury Today

Mercury got a brand new crater today. At 2:26 p.m. this afternoon (CDT) NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft plowed into the planet and excavated a 52-foot-wide crater in a flash of light. The spacecraft was out of sight and communication during the impact, since it occurred on the far side of the planet as seen from Earth. Roughly 30…
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MESSENGER To Crash Into Mercury, Blast A Crater

See that little dot down in the trees? That’s Mercury. In just a matter of days, it will sport a brand new crater as large as 52 feet (16 meters) across. How do we know? NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, the first to orbit the planet, has run out of  fuel. With no way to boost itself into a higher…
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Wanna Name A Crater On Mercury? Find Out How

NASA’s orbiting MESSENGER spacecraft has snapped more than 250,000 photos since plunking into orbit around Mercury in 2011. The solar system’s innermost planet’s ancient surface is Swiss-cheesy with craters of all sizes, all named – according to convention – after deceased artists, musicians, painters, and authors who have made outstanding contributions to their field. Hellacious…
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Ever Seen A Lunar Eclipse From Mercury? Me Neither … Till Now

Wednesday’s lunar eclipse photographed by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft at Mercury As millions of us awoke at dawn and trundled outside to watch the total lunar eclipse this week another set of eyes was keeping tabs from afar. 66 million miles away, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft turned its camera toward Earth to capture several images of the…
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Come Fly With Me To Mercury

MESSENGER flies over Mercury. The spacecraft blasted off from Cape Canaveral on August 3, 2004. To commemorate this week’s 10th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft to Mercury, NASA released this amazing video of a flight over the planet’s north polar region. The movie was assembled from 214 images taken once per second…
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