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“Mercury”

Dec 15, 2014 08:28 PM ET // Jason Major
The MESSENGER mission is approaching the end of its operational life, but before it dies, you can help NASA name 5 of Mercury's craters.
Oct 16, 2014 12:10 PM ET // Mike Wall, Space.com
The first-ever photos of water ice near Mercury's north pole have come down to Earth, and they have quite a story to tell.
Oct 13, 2014 12:24 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Last week's lunar eclipse wasn't just a show for Earthlings, NASA's MESSENGER mission was also watching from 66 million miles away. Continue reading →
Sep 22, 2014 06:30 AM ET // Geoff Gaherty, Starry Night Education
Even though Mercury is one of the brightest objects in the sky, very few observers have ever seen the planet in the night sky. That's because it never strays very far from the sun, and is usually lost in its glare.
Jun 19, 2014 12:43 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
A vast and powerful space weather event has been observed at the solar system's innermost planet for the first time. Continue reading →
Jun 11, 2014 12:22 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
By now we've all realized that NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is a fine geologist. It's also a great geochemist. And now, once again, the six-wheeled rover has underlined the fact that it's a pretty damned good astronomer, too. Continue reading →
May 4, 2014 07:30 AM ET // Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist
This month, stargazers have a chance to see the five brightest planets in the sky, weather permitting.
Mar 24, 2014 12:00 PM ET // Amy Shira Teitel
It's been 40 years since we first saw Mercury up close, and the flyby raised more questions than it answered.
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