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.
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.
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 →
A vast and powerful space weather event has been observed at the solar system's innermost planet for the first time. Continue reading →
An obsolete theory of the Earth works better than ever on Mercury, where new data reveals how much the hot little planet has shriveled since it first formed.
Data acquired from NASA's MESSENGER probe suggest that Mercury used to have an ocean of molten rock. ->
Mercury is the closest planet to the sun; it is therefore the least likely place to find a reservoir of water ice. It seems surprising, then, that water ice may be present inside its shady craters.
As if the debate over what is and what is not a planet hasn't gotten confusing enough, we are beginning to see a class of object that could be called "Comet-Planets."
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