Earlier this year, NASA’s MESSENGER mission continued to take photos of Mercury right up until it crashed into the planet. This enhanced image of the usually grey-looking planet shows how color doesn’t quite capture the diversity of the planet’s make up.
It had a great run, but MESSENGER is dead. And here is how it ended.
After four years in orbit around Mercury, NASA’s MESSENGER mission is coming to an end. With its maneuvering propellant depleted, the probe is expect to crash onto Mercury’s surface tomorrow. Here are some of the last pics taken by MESSENGER we’ll ever see.
With only a few weeks to live, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft has been capturing some of the most detailed images we've ever seen of the Solar System's innermost planet. Here's the latest batch of Mercury porn.
After four years in orbit around Mercury, NASA's MESSENGER mission is sadly coming to an end. But before it plunges to its doom, mission controllers are taking full advantage of the spacecraft's close proximity to the surface. Here are some of the most detailed and vivid images ever taken of the Solar System's…
It's been nearly four years since the Messenger spacecraft arrived at Mercury, and during that time it's exceeded its mission goals, sending more than 250,000 images back to Earth. Faced with an unexpected surplus of real estate, the International Astronomical Union wants your help naming the planet's craters.
As millions of people observed the total lunar eclipse on October 8th, NASA's MESSENGER probe was also watching from its orbit around Mercury. The spacecraft, 66 million miles from Earth, captured several images of the Moon as it passed behind Earth and into the planet's shadow.
Eight years ago, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft made a pass of the Earth on its way to Mercury. As it swept past our planet, it recorded a series of rearview images, giving us a stunning glimpse at what it looks like to depart our world forever.
The existence of our solar system's innermost planet has been common knowledge since ancient times, but that doesn't actually mean we've always know much about it. Mercury's proximity to the Sun has allowed it to jealously guard its secrets, and so this NASA video offers an unprecedentedly detailed view of the…
Tiny Mercury, the innermost planet of the solar system, may look to the human eye like Earth's moon. But appearances can be deceiving.
Has Curiosity detected organics on Mars? Not yet, said NASA in a press conference held earlier today. But last week, the Agency presented some of the most compelling evidence to date that Sun-scorched Mercury not only hosts impressive quantities of water ice, but organic (i.e. carbon-containing) molecules. But why is…
Until NASA's spacecraft MESSENGER took up orbit around Mercury last year, the surface of the solar system's innermost planet was a great mystery. Now we've gotten a good look — and we have no idea what we're looking at.
Billions of years ago, Mercury was choked in unimaginable amounts of lava. About six percent of the entire planet was covered in the lava of a single volcanic maelstrom. Not bad considering we weren't even sure Mercury had volcanoes.
It was only three months ago that the first ever close-up images of Mercury from orbit were taken by the MESSENGER probe. Now, in commemoration of MESSENGER's hundredth orbit of the first planet, here's a look at Mercury's colorful side.
NASA's Messenger probe has already taken thousands of photos of Mercury's surface after coming into orbit around the planet earlier this week. And it's got plenty still to do, including searching for hidden pockets of ice on Mercury's boiling surface.
This is a historic moment - for the first time ever, a probe has seen the solar system's innermost planet from orbit, and this is the photo it took just a few short hours ago.
NASA's Messenger probe is currently orbiting close around the Sun in preparation for its mission to Mercury. While making its lonely orbit, Messenger snapped this amazing photo that shows all the planets (plus our Moon) in one big family photo.
If you're planning a trip to Mercury, you'll need the first map ever released of the solar system's innermost planet, a mosaic of photos from the Mercury missions.
Click to viewEver since the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto to a dwarf planet (does it even deserve a capital "P"???) in 2006, astronomers around the world have been at odds to describe just what they mean when they say the word "planet." For the moment, the solar system is holding steady with eight of…