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Mercury Impact Craters Named

December 19th, 2013

Hellish Mercury may not be as tranquil as “Strawberry Fields Forever” but that song’s creator, the late Beatle, John Lennon, and the Sun-baked world are now tied together. Crater Lennon is one of ten impact craters on the planet Mercury that have been assigned names thanks to the science team operating NASA’s MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, […]

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Book Review: Alien Seas – Oceans in Space

December 11th, 2013

Alien Seas – Oceans in Space by Michael Carroll, Rosaly Lopes (Editors); Springer, New York; $29.99 (hardcover); 2013. Thanks to the editors for this captivating “wet look” at an under-appreciated aspect of planets and moons in our celestial neighborhood – those “seas in the sky.” The book begins with an informative and fitting foreword by […]

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NASA’s Mercury Mission Yields Global Maps, New Science Data

October 5th, 2011

NASA’s MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) spacecraft entered orbit about Mercury in mid-March. The probe’s one-year study of Mercury that is now underway is providing exciting science. After its first Mercury solar day (176 Earth days) in orbit, MESSENGER has nearly completed two of its main global imaging campaigns: a monochrome map […]

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NASA Orbiter Chalks Up Mercury Insights

May 8th, 2011

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington   NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft circling the planet Mercury has chalked up its 100th orbit. That milestone was achieved on May 6th with the probe executing nearly 2 million commands since it swung into orbit on March 17th. “We […]

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