NASA’s MESSENGER Mercury Mission Is About To Crash Land!

NASA's MESSENGER or (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) Spacecraft is about to crash land on the surface after successfully completing its mission.

Launched on August 3, 2004, MESSENGER has completed 10 years, 8 months and 15 days in space since its launch, it helped scientist to understand the unknown alien world. The MESSENGER mission is now expected to end around April 30, 2015

Artist depiction of the MESSENGER spacecraft in orbit around Mercury. Source : NASA / JHU/APL

Mission Objectives :

  • characterize the chemical composition of Mercury's surface.
  • study the geologic history.
  • elucidate the nature of the global magnetic field (magnetosphere).
  • determine the size and state of the core.
  • determine the volatile inventory at the poles.
  • study the nature of Mercury's exosphere. (Source)

Solar System portrait :

MESSENGER captured a near-complete portrait of the Solar System during November 2010. (Source)

All the planets were visible with the exception of Uranus and Neptune, due to their vast distances from the Sun.

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