Sunday, June 19, 2011

Latest MESSENGER-Mercury Results

Hey Space Placers!

NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft that has been in orbit around Mercury since March 2011, has been gathering data and photographs about the planet closest to the Sun. Some of the first results were released by NASA this past week and offers some intriguing insights.

One thing MESSENGER has shown is that Mercury is not "just like our Moon", nad that it is quite a fascinating world. There was hope in the meteorite community that Mercury might have been the source of a meteorite called NWA-011 but it seems that is not the case. Also, the presence of some rimless, pit like features, high sulphur content, an offset magnetic field core and much more makes for interesting reading.

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