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Apr 16, 2015 02:00 PM ET // Irene Klotz
NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft is in the final days of an unprecedented and unexpectedly long-lived, close-up study of the innermost planet of the solar system, with a crashing finale expected in two weeks.
Apr 15, 2015 02:00 PM ET // Irene Klotz
The jostling of the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn in the solar system’s early days may have delivered a Mercury-type building block to baby Earth, providing the planet with the chemistry to heat its convecting, liquid metal core to this day
Apr 6, 2015 08:45 AM ET // Nola Taylor Redd, SPACE.com Contributor
As MESSENGER heads into the last few weeks of its mission, it continues to reveal more information about unusual features on Mercury.
Jan 3, 2015 09:00 AM ET // Irene Klotz
Engineers have found a way to buy some time for the MESSENGER spacecraft, which was due to end its four-year mission in March with a suicidal plunge.
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.
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