MESSENGER

The Intense Heat from the Sun Helps Ice Form on Mercury. Wait… What?

While the scorching planet Mercury might not be the first place you’d think to look for ice, the MESSENGER mission…

6 months ago

More Surface Ice on Mercury than Previously Thought, says New Study

A new study from Brown University reveals that there may be a lot more surface ice on Mercury than previously…

3 years ago

What is the Closest Planet to Earth?

When our Venus (aka. "Earth's Twin") orbits between the Earth and the Sun (i.e. during an interior conjunction), it becomes…

4 years ago

Dark Stains on Mercury Reveal Its Ancient Crust

Ever since the MESSENGER spacecraft entered orbit around Mercury in 2011, and indeed even since Mariner 10's flyby in 1974, peculiar…

5 years ago

The Next Generation of Exploration: The DAVINCI Spacecraft

It's no secret that there has been a resurgence in interest in space exploration in recent years. Much of the…

5 years ago

Weekly Space Hangout – May 1, 2015: Prof. Coel Hellier, WASP & SuperWASP

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest: Prof. Coel Hellier, Professor of Astrophysics at Keele University, UK, to talk about WASP…

5 years ago

Mercury MESSENGER Mission Concludes with a Smashing Finale!

The planet Mercury has a brand new 52-foot-wide crater. At 3:26 p.m.  EDT this afternoon, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft bit the Mercurial dust,…

5 years ago

The End is Near: NASA’s MESSENGER Now Running on Fumes

For more than four years NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft has been orbiting our solar system's innermost planet Mercury, mapping its surface and…

5 years ago

Weekly Space Hangout – March 20, 2015: Lee Billings’ Five Billion Years of Solitude

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest: Author Lee Billings, discussing his book "Five Billion Years of Solitude"(@LeeBillings /

6 years ago

Get a Change of View of Mercury’s North Pole

It's always good to get a little change of perspective, and with this image we achieve just that: it's a…

6 years ago