Space & Astronomy
Spacecraft becomes first to orbit Mercury
By T.K. Randall
March 18, 2011 · 11 comments
Image Credit: NASA
NASA's Messenger spacecraft has successfully become the first ever to orbit the planet Mercury.
Launched in 2004 it has taken over six years for Messenger to reach its destination, now that it has reached Mercury it will be able to begin transmitting data back in early April including high resolution images of the planet's surface.
NASA made history tonight as the Messenger probe became the first spacecraft to orbit the tiny planet Mercury. Launched in 2004, the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging mission marks the first time a craft has gone near Mercury since 1975, when NASA's Mariner 10 probe conducted flybys.
Source: National Geographic
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