MESSENGER

Mercury is Still Shrinking

Mercury is considered a scorching, barren landscape that would literally melt your face off if you were standing on it…

5 months ago

There are Deposits of ice at Mercury's Poles too

Ice was discovered on Mercury's poles thanks to planetary radar.

2 years ago

It’s Time to Send a Lander to Mercury

So much in the astronomy community revolves around the decadal survey.  Teams of dozens of scientists put hundreds of hours…

2 years ago

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…

4 years 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…

6 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…

8 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…

8 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…

8 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…

9 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,…

9 years ago