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On March 17, 2011 (March 18, 2011, UTC), MESSENGER became the first spacecraft to orbit the planet Mercury. Last Update: 24 Mar 2011 (PWD) Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Mercury, captured by NASA's Messenger Satellite

Hollows on Mercury: NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft discovered strange hollows on the surface of Mercury. Images taken from orbit reveal thousands of peculiar depressions at a variety of longitudes and latitudes, ranging in size from 60 feet to over a mile across and 60 to 120 feet deep. Last Update: 29 Feb 2012 (AMB) Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Mercury's Subtle Colors: Date: 14 Jan 2008 - Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Double Ring Crater - Date: 14 Jan 2008 MESSENGER's Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) on the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) during the spacecraft's flyby of Mercury on 14 January 2008. The scene is part of a mosaic that covers a portion of the hemisphere not viewed by Mariner 10 during any of its three flybys (1974-1975). The surface of Mercury is revealed at a resolution of about 250 m/pixel (about 820 feet/pixel).

Mariner 10's Mercury: Date: 29 Mar 1974 - A photomosaic of images collected by Mariner 10 as it flew past Mercury. It shows the southern hemisphere of the innermost planet. The spacecraft took more than 7,000 images of Mercury, Venus, the Earth and its Moon during its mission. Credit: NASA

Elliptical Crater on Mercury from Messenger

Balanchine crater on Mercury from Messenger spacecraft

Anyone Else Think This Looks Like the Cookie Monster? The MESSENGER spacecraft is the first ever to orbit the planet Mercury, and the spacecraft's seven scientific instruments and radio science investigation are unraveling the history and evolution of the Solar System's innermost planet, Mercury.

Topographic map of the immense volcanic plains that span Mercury's northern reaches. Created with data from the MESSENGER probe now in orbit around the first planet. messenger.jhuapl....

NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington At the Edge of Darkness The MESSENGER spacecraft returned this close view of Petronius Crater near the north pole of Mercury. The floor of the 36-km crater, which never sees the sun, hides deposits of water ice.

Crater and Basaltic Rock on Mars