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NASA Releases First Photos from Mercury Mission

Apr 4th, 2011 | By
NASA Releases First Photos from Mercury Mission

Last Tuesday NASA began releasing its first photos from the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. The first image released showed a cratered area of Mercury’s south pole that looked similar to the surface of Earth’s Moon. 363 more images were taken over the next six hours before the ship began downloading data to Earth. More images
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MESSENGER Becomes First Spacecraft to Enter Mercury’s Orbit

Mar 18th, 2011 | By
MESSENGER Becomes First Spacecraft to Enter Mercury’s Orbit

NASA’s MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging) became the first spacecraft to successfully enter Mercury’s orbit Thursday. After a few weeks of testing, the MESSENGER will begin mapping Mercury’s surface. Sending a spacecraft into Mercury’s orbit is technically difficult because of the planet’s close distance to the Sun’s gravitational pull. Significant fuel is
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