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NASA’s Mercury mission crashes on Mercury surface, ends

Running out of fuel, NASA’s Messenger spacecraft crashed into Mercury’s surface on Thursday at 3.26.02 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time), thereby putting a historic end to its four years of orbital operations. The Messenger was the first ever to orbit the planet Mercury, and the spacecraft’s seven scientific instruments and radio science investigation are unravelling the history and evolution of ...

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NASA’s Mercury mission ‘Messenger’ lifespan increased

NASA engineers have lifted the orbit of the Mercury probe – currently operating on an extended mission and almost out of fuel – and delayed its inevitable impact into Mercury’s surface by up to a month. Launched in August 2004, the $450 million MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging (Messenger) mission is currently orbiting our solar system’s innermost planet.┬áIn ...

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