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NASA unveils first Mercury topography maps from MESSENGER craft

NASA unveils first Mercury topography maps from MESSENGER craft Originally sent for a one-year science sortie, MESSENGER far outlasted its planned expiry and stayed in orbit around Mercury, protected by its ceramic cloth sunshade.Now, the organization has unveiled stunning new topographic maps of Mercury’s surface — the first of their kind.

Earth is no longer the only planet with confirmed geological activity

Earth is no longer the only planet with confirmed geological activity And now, brand new insights into Mercury have confirmed Earth isn’t even the only geologically active planet.It’s not surprising that planets in general would have this attribute, but for Mercury scientists it is a surprise.

Mach diamonds, Mars ambitions, and a shiny new telescope: this week in space

Mach diamonds, Mars ambitions, and a shiny new telescope: this week in space China fired up the largest radio telescope in the world earlier this week.Stress wrinkles in its surface, called scarps, show us where the planet’s surface is cracking and settling fastest.