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BepiColombo Spacecraft Snaps Its First Selfie From Space on Its Way to Mercury

The BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module (MTM), which is currently on an ambitious mission to the best planet with a payload of two orbiters, has sent us its first image from space. Read More >>

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Launching Tonight: A Mission to the Best Planet (Mercury)

Mercury is the best planet, in my humble but well-researched opinion. Sure, it may be small, rocky, and lacking an atmosphere, but how it came to look the way it does absolutely baffles scientists. It might even have water and carbon hidden away from the beginning of the Solar System. Tonight, scientists from the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are launching a mission that could uncover some of the secrets of this mysterious rock. Read More >>

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Scientists Discovered a Mind-Boggling Chasm on Mercury

Placed on Earth, it would stretch from Washington DC to New York to Denver. Larger than the Grand Canyon, wider and deeper than East Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Mercury’s newly-discovered “Great Valley” boggles the imagination. But it’s more than size that makes this geologic feature remarkable. The Great Valley may be our best evidence that Mercury’s entire crust is contracting. Read More >>

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Flipping a Water Bottle Filled with Mercury in Slow Motion Is What’s Cool Now

You know you’re old when the only way to find out what young people are doing is listen to old people explain what the youths of today are doing - because you don’t actually know anyone young anymore. That’s basically water bottle flipping. Read More >>

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We Just Found Out That Mercury Is Geologically Active

Our solar system is rife with geologic activity, from eruptive ice moons to mountainous dwarf planets. Still, Earth always held a special place in the hall of geologic fame. It was the only bonafide planet to exhibit tectonic and seismic activity—until now. Read More >>

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Flushing Liquid Mercury Down a Toilet Is Spectacular

I love this new video from Cody’s Lab about flushing liquid mercury down a toilet, because it just gets more and more ridiculous as it goes on. Read More >>

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Here’s the Glorious 4K Footage of Last Month’s Mercury Transit We’ve Been Waiting For

So you missed Mercury transiting the Sun last month and thought you were going to have to wait another three whole years to see the rare astronomical event? Not at all. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Laboratory was busy shooting the entire thing in 4K, and it just released three glorious highlight reels. Even if you did tune into a live stream, this is an encore you don’t want to miss. Read More >>

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Watch NASA’s Beautiful Mercury Transit Time Lapse

If you tried to to watch Mercury crossing in front of the Sun yesterday, chances are you didn’t get as good a view as NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Mercifully, the space agency has put together a stunning time lapse so you can watch the spectacle again. Read More >>

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Mercury Will Pass in Front of the Sun This Afternoon

Get ready for a rare astronomical event: Mercury will transit the Sun on Monday, in a spectacle that only happens around 13 times a century. Read More >>

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This Map of Mercury Is Perfect for Interplanetary Roadtrip Planning

The USGS has released this new, incredibly detailed map of Mercury. It’s the first time the features on the surface of the planet have been depicted so completely. Read More >>

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We Finally Know Why Mercury is So Dark 

Something about the planet Mercury doesn’t sit right with astronomers: It’s too dark. Darker than the Moon, despite containing far less iron. But at long last, scientists have solved the mystery — and their discovery is shedding light on the fascinating past of the Solar System’s innermost planet. Read More >>

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In the Maxwell Test Chamber, Nobody Can Hear This Satellite Scream

If this satellite looks a little lonely, that’s because it is. It’s positioned inside the European Space Agency’s Maxwell chamber—which blocks out all electromagnetic radiation and silences every sound. Good preparation for space, then. Read More >>

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Meet Europe’s First Mercury-Bound Spacecraft, Due to Launch in 2017

This colourful trio — collectively known as BepiColombo — will make up the fleet of the European Space Agency’s first ever mission to Mercury in 2017. Read More >>

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What Mercury Would Look Like On Acid

These colourful composite images of Mercury aren’t actually the result of NASA’s experiments with mind-altering substances: it’s what happens if you overlay spectral data about Mercury’s surface, collected with the Mercury Atmosphere and Surface Composition Spectrometer, with monochrome images captured by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft. Read More >>