Friday, May 1, 2015

With Just Hours To Live, MESSENGER Continues To Snap Pics Of Mercury

MESSENGER is the first spacecraft to visit orbit Mercury. Since March 17, 2011, it has captured over 270,000 images and other extensive data sets. But its mission is almost over; with no propellant, the craft will now succumb to the force of solar gravity and hit the surface of Mercury at some point tomorrow. The collision is expected to create a crater approximately 52-feet wide (16 meters). For comparison, that’s about the size of the smallest craters visible in this shot (below) of Mercury’s surface.


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