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New Pictures of Mercury

The Messenger space probe has made a second flyby of Mercury, and taken a lot of awesome pictures of the surface. This unveiled a new 30% of the planets surface not previously photographed. Another probe, Mariner 10, flew by Mercury three times in 1974 and 1975, and was able to photograph a little under 50% of the planet, so with Messengers data from its two flybys we are much closer to 100% coverage. The ultimate goal of the Messenger probe is to enter orbit around Mercury, and this will happen in March 2011. 

That is an amazing picture…..

More pictures of Mercury inside…

 

 

That is just beautiful….

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October 9, 2008 - Posted by | Astronomy | , , , , , ,

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