Postcards from Mercury


Thu, Mar 31st, 2011 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

After over six years, NASA's spacecraft Messenger finally reached Mercury and started sending some really impressive images from the planet's surface.

The spacecraft, which launched in 2004 and entered orbit around Mercury on March 17, will circle the solar system's innermost planet for a year, mapping out its hot, rocky surface and providing what's anticipated to be a wealth of information never gleaned before during quick glimpses from fly-by missions.

You can read the full article on the Los Angeles Times. You can also see more photographs on NASA's site.

The above image is credit NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington.



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