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June 16, 2016
First global topographic model of Mercury
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The MESSENGER mission has released the first global digital elevation model (DEM) of Mercury, revealing in stunning detail the topography across the entire innermost planet and paving the way for scientists to characterize fully the planet's geologic history. The global topographic model was among three new products released by the Planetary Data System (PDS), an organization that archives and distributes all of NASA's planetary mission data. With this 15th and last major data release, the MESSENG ... read more

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UK-built technology brings Europe's Mercury mission closer to launch
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Mercury's core dynamo present early in planet's history
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PSI Researchers Look Back at Mercury MESSENGER Accomplishments
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NASA completes MESSENGER mission with surface impact
Mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., confirmed today that NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSEN ... more
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Fire and Ice: A MESSENGER Recap
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Altimeter Assists in MESSENGER's Low-Altitude Navigation
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New explanation for Mercury's dark surface
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New Mercury surface composition maps illuminate the planet's history
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