Four views of planet Mercury showing surface detail by NASA: MESSENGER's highly successful orbital mission camae to an end, as the spacecraft ran out of propellant and the force of solar gravity caused it to impact the surface of Mercury on April 30, 2015. #Space #Mars #Mercury_Messenger
Nasa has released an image taken by the probe's Visual and Infrared Spectrometer (Virs) to reveal distinct features such as volcanic vents and fresh craters. To highlight the geological features, the images have been overlain on a black and white mosaic from the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
All of Mercury Image Credit: NASA/JHU Applied Physics Lab/Carnegie Inst. Washington For the first time, the entire surface of planet Mercury has been mapped. Detailed observations of the innermost planet's surprising crust have been ongoing since the robotic MESSENGER spacecraft first passed Mercury in 2008 and began orbiting in 2011. Previously, much of the Mercury's surface was unknown as it is too far for Earth-bound telescopes to see clearly,...
The planet Mercury was once an active and dynamic planet, according to new evidence from a Nasa spacecraft. Data from the American Messenger probe shows that impact craters on the planet's surface were distorted by some geological process after they formed.