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February 12, 2017
Nuclear winter with iron snow discovered on Mercury
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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 gone as the planet's core had frozen because of its small size. The latest studies showed that though Mercury has a magnetic field, it is 100 times weaker than the Earth's, which means that the planet is constantly bombarded by radioactive solar wind particles, and its fading magnetic field is maintained by iro ... read 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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Fire and Ice: A MESSENGER Recap
The planet closest to the Sun is, ironically, one of the coldest. That's just one of many mind-bending discoveries about Mercury that NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft beamed back to Earth over the past 7 ... more
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KinetX Aerospace Navigates MESSENGER through Final Mission Phase
KinetX Aerospace, the first commercial company to navigate any spacecraft to distant planetary bodies, announced that it has successfully guided the MESSENGER spacecraft through its final and perhap ... more
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MESSENGER executes last orbit-correction maneuver ahead of impact
MESSENGER mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., conducted the last of six planned maneuvers on April 24 to raise the spacecraft's minim ... more
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NASA Spacecraft Achieves Unprecedented Success Studying Mercury
After extraordinary science findings and technological innovations, a NASA spacecraft launched in 2004 to study Mercury will impact the planet's surface, most likely on April 30, after it runs out o ... more
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NASA spacecraft set for death plunge into Mercury
A NASA probe that has circled Mercury for the past four years will make a dramatic death plunge into the planet's surface in late April when it runs out of fuel. ... more
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Altimeter Assists in MESSENGER's Low-Altitude Navigation
As NASA's MESSENGER mission draws to a close, an on-board science instrument that mapped the surface of Mercury is helping the navigation team with the spacecraft's low-altitude passes. MESSEN ... more
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Correction Maneuver Puts MESSENGER Right on Course
The MESSENGER team is pulling out all the stops to give the spacecraft life far beyond its original design. On April 8, mission operators at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory ( ... more
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