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NASA's MESSENGER Spacecraft Crashes Into Mercury

Associated Press | Marcia Dunn | Posted 05.01.2015 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The only spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury ended its four-year tour with a crash landing Thursday. NASA's Messenger pl...

NASA Spacecraft Is About To Crash Into Mercury

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.17.2015 | Science

Mercury is about to get a visitor. The NASA MESSENGER spacecraft that's been orbiting Mercury and collecting data for four years is about to run o...

Ancient 'Hit And Run' May Explain Mercury Mystery

Space.com | Jesse Emspak | Posted 07.07.2014 | Science

The mysterious makeup of the solar system's innermost planet may be due to a massive "hit and run" collision billions of years ago, a new study report...

'Impossible' Volcanoes Helped Shape Planet, Scientists Say

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 04.17.2014 | Science

Explosive volcanic eruptions apparently shaped Mercury's surface for billions of years — a surprising finding, given that until recently scientists ...

Were Scientists Wrong About Size Of Smallest Planet?

Reuters | Posted 05.17.2014 | Science

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Detailed maps of Mercury's cliffs and ditches show the solar system's innermost and ...

Orbiter Helps Reveal Planet's Fiery Past

| Ken Croswell | Posted 07.04.2013 | Science

Cratered Mercury (inset) won't win any beauty prizes, but it sure had a colorful past. Thanks to the Messenger spacecraft, which began orbiting the wo...

Vast Molten Ocean Once Covered Neighboring Planet, Study Suggests

Posted 02.28.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 02/28/2013 07:21 AM EST on SPACE.com The rocky, mostly dry surface of the planet Mercury may once have been roiling...

NASA Orbiter Reveals Mercury To Be Surprisingly Complex

| Posted 12.04.2011 | Green

By John Matson (Click here for original article.) Mercury, a hard-baked pebble of a planet patrolling the inner solar system, has long been a bit ...