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September 01, 2017
The BepiColombo spacecraft is ready to solve the many mysteries of Mercury
London, UK (The Conversation) Jul 13, 2017
The 1.65 billion euro BepiColombo spacecraft is now being unstacked for final tests after being displayed in its launch configuration to the world's press at the European Space Agency's Space Technology and Research Centre. The six-metre high assembly will soon be shipped to Kourou in French Guyana where it is anticipated to launch in October 2018. This is the culmination of nearly two decades of work by a team of highly motivated scientists and engineers, many of whom I have come to know through ... read more

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Spacecraft unveiled for first Europe mission to Mercury
European and Japanese scientists Thursday proudly unveiled the BepiColombo spacecraft ahead of its seven-year journey to Mercury, to explore one of the Solar System's most enigmatic planets. ... more
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Preparing for Mercury: BepiColombo stack completes testing
ESA's Mercury spacecraft has passed its final test in launch configuration, the last time it will be stacked like this before being reassembled at the launch site next year. BepiColombo's two ... more
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3D Navigation Tool Among MESSENGER's Final Data Products
NASA's MESSENGER mission to Mercury has released an updated ACT-QuickMap tool with new 3D navigation capabilities as illustrated by this "fly around" view of the Caloris impact basin. This update wa ... more
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Nuclear winter with iron snow discovered on Mercury
Mercury, the smallest and innermost planet in the Solar System has its own magnetic field like the Earth, scientist revealed. Previously it was thought that that Mercury's magnetic field was long go ... more
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Great valley found on Mercury
Scientists have discovered a new large valley on Mercury that may be the first evidence of buckling of the planet's outer silicate shell in response to global contraction. The researchers discovered ... more
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Bern-made laser altimeter taking off to Mercury
University of Bern's Laser Altimeter BELA has been successfully tested during the last weeks and the last components will be delivered to ESA on 5 October. The first laser altimeter for inter-planet ... more
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Planet Mercury Found to Be Tectonically Active
Images acquired by NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft show geologic features that indicate Mercury is likely still contracting today, joining ... more
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Messenger probe images fault scarps on Mercury's surface
Like Earth, Mercury is tectonically active. As evidenced by images captured by NASA's Messenger probe, Mercury's surface is host to fault scarps. ... more

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Researchers find most volcanic activity on Mercury stopped over 3 billion years ago
New research from North Carolina State University finds that major volcanic activity on the planet Mercury most likely ended about 3.5 billion years ago. These findings add insight into the geologic ... more
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BepiColombo Mission to Mercury on Track for April 2018 Launch
Humanity's next visitor to the solar system's innermost planet remains on track for April 2018, according to the project's scientist. The BepiColombo mission, being developed jointly by the European ... more
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Mercury's Surface Arose from Deep Inside the Planet
NASA researchers have found that several volcanic deposits on Mercury's surface require mantle melting to have started close to the planet's core-mantle boundary, which lies only 400 km below the pl ... more
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Researchers trace Mercury's origins to rare meteorite
Around 4.6 billion years ago, the universe was a chaos of collapsing gas and spinning debris. Small particles of gas and dust clumped together into larger and more massive meteoroids that in turn sm ... more
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First global topographic model of Mercury
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 sc ... more
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The 2016 Transit of Mercury
Solar Scientists are accustomed to seeing spots on the sun - irregular islands of magnetism that sometimes erupt, producing strong solar flares. On May 9, 2016, they will see a spot of a very differ ... more
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Mercury's mysterious 'darkness' revealed
Scientists have long been puzzled about what makes Mercury's surface so dark. The innermost planet reflects much less sunlight than the Moon, a body on which surface darkness is controlled by the ab ... more
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Scientists explain why Mercury's surface is so dark
Astronomers have long struggled to explain Mercury's darkness, but new research suggests carbon is responsible for the planet's limited reflectivity. ... more

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Planetary Data System Releases Final Raw MESSENGER Dataset
Data collected during MESSENGER's 43rd through 49th months in orbit around Mercury were released to the public by NASA's Planetary Data System (PDS), the network of nodes that archives and distribut ... more
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Mercury featuring prominently in October skies
Mercury is set to join the planetary party being held in the predawn sky. For the last couple weeks, Mars, Jupiter and Venus have been congregating in the Northern Hemisphere's morning sky. ... more
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Mercury's Movements Give Scientists Peek Inside the Planet
The first measurements of Mercury's movements from a spacecraft orbiting the planet reveal new insights about the makeup of the solar system's innermost world and its interactions with other planeta ... more
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UK-built technology brings Europe's Mercury mission closer to launch
A UK-built instrument, designed to unlock the secrets of Mercury's surface, has been shipped from the University of Leicester's Space Research Centre to the European Space Agency where it will be in ... more
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Mercury's core dynamo present early in planet's history
The Messenger spacecraft, which crash-landed into Mercury just a few days ago, found traces of magnetization in Mercury's crust, a new study reports. The presence of residual magnetization pro ... more
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MESSENGER reveals Mercury's magnetic field secrets
New data from MESSENGER, the spacecraft that orbited Mercury for four years before crashing into the planet a week ago, reveals Mercury's magnetic field is almost four billion years old. The discove ... more
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PSI Researchers Look Back at Mercury MESSENGER Accomplishments
As NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft ends its scientific operations by crashing into Mercury today, Planetary Science Institute researchers looked back at a mission that provided new discoveries on the pl ... more
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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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