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That little dot in the lower center of the Sun?Planet MercuryThe larger darker spot on the left side is a sunspot.

That little dot in the lower center of the Sun?
Planet Mercury

The larger darker spot on the left side is a sunspot.

The terrestrial planets of our solar system.

The terrestrial planets of our solar system.

Extreme Effects: Seven Things You Didn't Know About Mercury

Seven tidbits about Mercury’s exosphere.

Upcoming Mission: MESSENGERMESSENGER has already been studying the first planet since 2005, but it will finally enter orbit in March 2011. The “Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging” probe was the first designed just to study Mercury. Already, it has helped scientists understand Mercury’s exosphere and magnetic storms. Before the orbit insertion, MESSENGER will make one Earth flyby, two Venus flyby’s, and three Mercury flyby’s before it enter Mercury’s orbit. Specific objectives- To characterize the chemical composition of Mercury’s surface, the geological history, the nature of the magnetic field, the size and state of the core, the volatile inventory at the poles, and the nature of Mercury’s exosphere and magnetosphere over a nominal orbital mission of one Earth year.

Upcoming Mission: MESSENGER

MESSENGER has already been studying the first planet since 2005, but it will finally enter orbit in March 2011. The “Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging” probe was the first designed just to study Mercury. Already, it has helped scientists understand Mercury’s exosphere and magnetic storms. Before the orbit insertion, MESSENGER will make one Earth flyby, two Venus flyby’s, and three Mercury flyby’s before it enter Mercury’s orbit.

Specific objectives

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To characterize the chemical composition of Mercury’s surface, the geological history, the nature of the magnetic field, the size and state of the core, the volatile inventory at the poles, and the nature of Mercury’s exosphere and magnetosphere over a nominal orbital mission of one Earth year.

unknownskywalker:

The Impressive Rays of Hokusai 
This mosaic of NAC images from the MESSENGER spacecraft shows the impact crater Hokusai, located on Mercury. The crater has an impressive system of rays, which extend as much as a thousand kilometers across the planet and are the longest that have yet been identified on Mercury.
Such rays are formed when an impact excavates material from beneath the surface and throws that material outward from the crater. These bright rays, consisting of both ejecta and secondary craters that form when the ejected material re-impacts the surface, slowly begin to fade as they are exposed to the harsh space environment.
Mercury and other airless planetary bodies are being constantly bombarded with micrometeoroids and energetic ions, producing an effect known as space weathering. Craters with bright rays are thought to be relatively young because the rays are still visible, indicating that they have had less exposure to such weathering processes than craters that lack rays.
• Source: NASA/JPL

unknownskywalker:

The Impressive Rays of Hokusai

This mosaic of NAC images from the MESSENGER spacecraft shows the impact crater Hokusai, located on Mercury. The crater has an impressive system of rays, which extend as much as a thousand kilometers across the planet and are the longest that have yet been identified on Mercury.

Such rays are formed when an impact excavates material from beneath the surface and throws that material outward from the crater. These bright rays, consisting of both ejecta and secondary craters that form when the ejected material re-impacts the surface, slowly begin to fade as they are exposed to the harsh space environment.

Mercury and other airless planetary bodies are being constantly bombarded with micrometeoroids and energetic ions, producing an effect known as space weathering. Craters with bright rays are thought to be relatively young because the rays are still visible, indicating that they have had less exposure to such weathering processes than craters that lack rays.

• Source: NASA/JPL

cosmosscience:

Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and has a thin atmosphere, no air pressure and an extremely high temperature. Take a look inside the planet.

cosmosscience:

Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and has a thin atmosphere, no air pressure and an extremely high temperature. Take a look inside the planet.

MESSENGER makes it’s way into Mercury’s orbit.MESSENGER becomes the first probe ever to enter into orbit around Mercury."MESSENGER in previous years found evidence that Mercury’s surfaced has been sculpted by volcanism and now, while in orbit, it will look for the chemical signature of those volcanic gases and make observations that could explain why the planet’s core accounts for so much of its mass. The craft could also provide details about Mercury’s atmosphere and reveal the presence of water frozen in permanently shadowed craters near the poles."

MESSENGER makes it’s way into Mercury’s orbit.

MESSENGER becomes the first probe ever to enter into orbit around Mercury.

"MESSENGER in previous years found evidence that Mercury’s surfaced has been sculpted by volcanism and now, while in orbit, it will look for the chemical signature of those volcanic gases and make observations that could explain why the planet’s core accounts for so much of its mass. The craft could also provide details about Mercury’s atmosphere and reveal the presence of water frozen in permanently shadowed craters near the poles."

abcworldnews:

First Image Ever Obtained from Mercury Orbit 

At 5:20 am EDT on Mar. 29, 2011, MESSENGER captured this historic image of Mercury. This image is the first ever obtained from a spacecraft in orbit about the Solar System’s innermost planet. Over the subsequent six hours, MESSENGER acquired an additional 363 images before downlinking some of the data to Earth. The MESSENGER team is currently looking over the newly returned data, which are still continuing to come down. 

abcworldnews:

First Image Ever Obtained from Mercury Orbit

At 5:20 am EDT on Mar. 29, 2011, MESSENGER captured this historic image of Mercury. This image is the first ever obtained from a spacecraft in orbit about the Solar System’s innermost planet. Over the subsequent six hours, MESSENGER acquired an additional 363 images before downlinking some of the data to Earth. The MESSENGER team is currently looking over the newly returned data, which are still continuing to come down. 

More new photos of Mercury!

mothernaturenetwork:

Water ice discovered on MercuryConfirming decades of suspicion, a NASA spacecraft has spotted vast deposits of water ice on the planet closest to the sun.

mothernaturenetwork:

Water ice discovered on Mercury
Confirming decades of suspicion, a NASA spacecraft has spotted vast deposits of water ice on the planet closest to the sun.