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LPSC: Wrapping up Tuesday: The Moon, Mars, Mercury, Vesta, and back to Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2010

Well, it's already mid-day on the Friday a week after the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference ended and I'm STILL not done writing up my notes.

New Mercury Atlas

Emily Lakdawalla • January 06, 2010

The United States Geological Survey has just released a new atlas of Mercury, the first to be based upon the three flybys worth of image data gathered by the MESSENGER mission.

Carnival of Space and Planetary Radio

Emily Lakdawalla • December 08, 2009

This week's Carnival of Space may be found at Steve's Astro Corner.

MESSENGER Rewrites Mercury Textbooks Even Before Entering Orbit

Emily Lakdawalla • November 05, 2009

As MESSENGER zoomed toward Mercury for its third flyby, it was commanded to rotate in a maneuver that would help it test a surprising result from the second flyby.

MESSENGER is fine

Emily Lakdawalla • October 07, 2009

The caption to today's image release from the MESSENGER team concerns their long-term campaign to study Mercury's brightness through a range of phase angles.

MESSENGER gets two planets for the price of one

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2009

Here's a pretty shot of Mercury taken by MESSENGER on approach...but wait, what's that tiny little speck in the lower left corner of the photo?

MESSENGER's Final Flyby of Mercury: Old Territory, New Science

Emily Lakdawalla • September 23, 2009

MESSENGER is fast approaching the third and final Mercury flyby during its seven-year journey to the innermost planet.

MESSENGER's Second Mercury Flyby: Ancient Geology, Active Atmosphere

Emily Lakdawalla • October 30, 2008

When MESSENGER flew past Mercury for a second time on October 6, 2008, its cameras snapped photos of an impressive 30 percent of the planet's surface that had never previously been seen by spacecraft.

Third Time's No Charm: MESSENGER's Third Gravity Assist Successful, But "Safe Mode" Interrupts Science

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2008

Yesterday, the MESSENGER spacecraft sailed past Mercury at an altitude of just 228 kilometres and a relative speed of 5.4 kilometers per second.

MESSENGER Scientists 'Astonished' to Find Water in Mercury's Thin Atmosphere

Emily Lakdawalla • July 03, 2008

As MESSENGER flew past the night side of Mercury in January, its Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer (FIPS) scooped up ions from an atmosphere so tenuous that it's usually called an "exosphere."

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