Mercury Joins Jupiter And Mars At Dawn

First there were two and now there are three. While the evening sky’s depopulated of bright planets, the morning’s full of ’em. Alongside Jupiter and Mars, Mercury recently joined the scene shortly after its Dec. 13 conjunction with the sun. Though not terribly high, Mercury’s attainable so long as you have a clear view to…
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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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