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  • MESSENGER mission to end this month with crash into Mercury

    SpaceFlight InsiderApril 17th, 2015

    After some 3,922 days in space, NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft will run out of propellant and crash into the surface of Mercury, ending a successful mission to study the chemical composition, geology, and magnetic field of the planet closest to the Sun.

  • NASA’s MESSENGER probe to fly close to Mercury before final boost

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 7th, 2015

    After more than 10 years in space and nearly four years orbiting the planet Mercury, NASA’s MESSENGER mission will soon draw to a close.  The spacecraft’s propellent supply is running low and it will eventually crash into the surface of Mercury. On Jan. 21, MESSENGER will fire its thrusters in a 120-second burst which will […]