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The Moon and Mercury May Have Thick Ice Deposits

August 3, 2019

Earth’s Moon and Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, may contain significantly more water ice than previously…
New Ring of Dust Discovered in the Inner Solar System

March 15, 2019

Discovering new things in space is a regular occurrence. Astronomers keep finding more distant objects in the outer…
What Scientists Found After Sifting Through Dust in the Solar System

March 13, 2019

Just as dust gathers in corners and along bookshelves in our homes, dust piles up in space too.…
Forming Dense Metal Planets like Mercury is Probably Pretty Difficult and Rare in the Universe

September 5, 2018

The planet Mercury, the closet planet to our Sun, is something of an exercise in extremes. It’s days…
The Sun is Actually One of the Most Difficult Places to Reach in the Solar System. Here is how the Parker Solar Probe Will Do It

August 14, 2018

When it comes to exploring our Solar System, there are few missions more ambitious than those that seek…
Space probe to plunge into fiery corona of the sun

August 7, 2018

NASA plans to launch Earth’s first spacecraft to venture inside the orbits of Venus and Mercury to touch…
New Estimates of Mercury’s Thin, Dense Crust

April 27, 2018

Michael Sori, a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona, used careful mathematical calculations to determine the density…
Venus Returns to the Dusk Sky

February 26, 2018

Where have all the planets gone? The end of February 2018 sees the three naked eye outer planets…
NASA Team Studies Middle-aged Sun by Tracking Motion of Mercury

January 19, 2018

Like the waistband of a couch potato in midlife, the orbits of planets in our solar system are…
Maybe Mars and Earth Didn’t Form Close to Each Other

December 22, 2017

In recent years, astronomers have been looking to refine our understanding of how the Solar System formed. On…
Facing the Sun

October 3, 2017

Now being fitted with its state-of-the-art instruments, ESA’s Solar Orbiter is set to provide new views of our…
Preparing for Mercury BepiColombo stack completes testing

July 6, 2017

ESA’s Mercury spacecraft has passed its final test in launch configuration, the last time it will be stacked…
‘Great Valley’ Found on Mercury

November 17, 2016

A newly discovered “great valley” in the southern hemisphere of Mercury provides more evidence that the small planet…
The Incredible Shrinking Mercury is Active After All

September 27, 2016

It’s small, it’s hot, and it’s shrinking. New NASA-funded research suggests that Mercury is contracting even today, joining…
Scientists Solve Mystery on Surface of Mercury

August 26, 2016

NASA scientists at Johnson Space Center have solved a longstanding mystery about why some of Mercury’s surface looks…
Most Volcanic Activity on Mercury Stopped About 3.5 Billion Years Ago

August 10, 2016

New research from North Carolina State University finds that major volcanic activity on the planet Mercury most likely…
Researchers trace Mercury’s origins to rare meteorite

June 27, 2016

Around 4.6 billion years ago, the universe was a chaos of collapsing gas and spinning debris. Small particles…
Lab plays role in striking view of Mercury transit

May 17, 2016

Around 13 times per century, Mercury passes between Earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event known…
First Global Topographic Model of Mercury

May 8, 2016

NASA’s MESSENGER mission has unveiled the first global digital elevation model (DEM) of Mercury, revealing in stunning detail…
Mercury Gets a Meteoroid Shower from Comet Encke

November 11, 2015

The planet Mercury is being pelted regularly by bits of dust from an ancient comet, a new study…
Mercury rotates faster than expected

September 12, 2015

Nine seconds is not a lot – those who are nine seconds late for an appointment are, so…
The Planet Mercury

August 6, 2015

Mercury is the closest planet to our Sun, the smallest of the eight planets, and one of the…
From a satellite’s last moments: data on Mercury’s magnetic field

May 19, 2015

Heroic efforts by NASA flight engineers let the MESSENGER spacecraft collect important data on Mercury during its orbital…
Mercury’s core dynamo present early in planet’s history

May 16, 2015

he Messenger spacecraft, which crash-landed into Mercury just a few days ago, found traces of magnetization in Mercury’s…
MESSENGER reveals Mercury’s magnetic field secrets

May 8, 2015

New data from MESSENGER, the spacecraft that orbited Mercury for four years before crashing into the planet a…
NASA Completes MESSENGER Mission with Expected Impact on Mercury’s Surface

May 4, 2015

A NASA planetary exploration mission came to a planned, but nonetheless dramatic, end Thursday when it slammed into…
Mercury Crater-Naming Contest Winners Announced

April 30, 2015

The MESSENGER Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Team, coordinated through Carnegie Science, announces the winning names from its…
Unmasking the Secrets of Mercury

April 28, 2015

The Mercury Atmosphere and Surface Composition Spectrometer (MASCS) instrument aboard NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft was designed to study both…
Mercury MESSENGER nears epic mission end

April 20, 2015

A spacecraft that carries a sensor built at the University of Michigan is about to crash into the…
The End is Near: NASA’s MESSENGER Now Running on Fumes

April 18, 2015

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