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Jun 18, 2015 01:15 PM ET // Elizabeth Howell
Ready for your close-up? How spacecraft changed our image of moons, planets and other objects in our solar system.
Jun 14, 2015 09:35 AM ET // Robert Z. Pearlman, collectSPACE.com Editor
Two new books from the University of New Mexico Press feature photos from the Apollo moon landing and the one- and two-man Mercury and Gemini flights.
May 11, 2015 07:00 AM ET // Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist
The 'elusive planet' Mercury kicks off the month in the midst of its best evening apparition of 2015. But Mercury isn't the only visible planet this month.
May 7, 2015 02:00 PM ET // Irene Klotz
A robotic spacecraft that circled Mercury detected magnetized rocks, evidence that planet’s still-roiling, liquid metal core likely spawned a global magnetic field as far back as about 3.8 billion years ago.
Apr 30, 2015 04:23 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
At 3:26 p.m. ET today (Thursday), NASA's MESSENGER mission to the innermost planet of the solar system came to a dramatic end, smashing into Mercury's surface at a speed of over 8,700 miles per hour.
Apr 30, 2015 07:16 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
As it zoomed danger-close to small planet's surface at a mind-boggling 8,700 miles per hour, MESSENGER managed to beam one last look at the Mercurian landscape back to Earth.
Apr 30, 2015 09:50 AM ET // AFP
The spacecraft is expected to crash onto the planet's surface at a searing 8,750 miles per hour -- fast enough to carve out a crater 52 feet wide.
Apr 30, 2015 02:59 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
NASA has released a map of the region where the spacecraft is expected to crash.
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