Latest Mercury spacecraft Stories
After a journey of more than 2.2 billion miles and three and a half years, NASAâ€™s MESSENGER spacecraft made its first flyby of Mercury on January 14, 2008. All seven scientific instruments worked flawlessly, producing a stream of surprises.
By combining images taken through different filters in the visible and infrared, the MESSENGER data allow Mercury to be seen in a variety of high-resolution color views not previously possible.
"Discoveries are at hand!" That's what members of the MESSENGER science team are saying after their spacecraft flew past Mercury on Jan. 14th at a distance of only 124 miles.
The European Space Agency (ESA) signaled the start of a busy period for the planet Mercury, when it signed the contract for industrial development to start for the BepiColombo mission today (18th January 2008) at Astrium in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Scientists are sifting through their first new views of the planet Mercury in more than three decades thanks to images beamed home by NASA's MESSENGER probe.
Planetary scientists have wondered for more than 30 years about what spacecraft images might reveal about the hemisphere of Mercury that Mariner 10 never viewed.
Mercury is the smallest, densest and least explored planet around the sun.
A pioneering NASA spacecraft is the first to visit Mercury in almost 33 years, soaring over the planet to explore and snap close-up images of never-before-seen terrain. These findings could open new theories and answer old questions in the study of the solar system.
A NASA spacecraft has a date with Mercury next week for a flyby that will return the first detailed views of the small planet in more than 30 years. The MESSENGER probe will skim just 124 miles (200 km) above Mercury's uncharted hemisphere during its closest pass at 2:04 p.m.
NASA will return to Mercury for the first time in almost 33 years on January 14, 2008, when the MESSENGER spacecraft makes its first flyby of the Sunâ€™s closest neighbor, capturing images of large portions of the planet never before seen.
The Planet Mercury -- in astronomy, nearest planet to the sun, at a mean distance of 36 million mi (58 million km); its period of revolution is 88 days. Mercury passes through phases similar to those of the moon as it completes each revolution about the sun, although the visible disk varies in size with respect to its distance from the earth. Because its greatest elongation is 28, it is seen only for a short time after sunset or before sunrise. Since observation of Mercury is...