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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.

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, has died

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, has died 2016 came in like a lion and is clearly determined to go out like a total sack of crap: John Glenn has died.As a young man, Glenn flew combat sorties in World War II and Korea.

BlackBerry shows off 'Mercury' Android phone prototype with a full QWERTY keyboard

BlackBerry shows off 'Mercury' Android phone prototype with a full QWERTY keyboard The “Mercury” is a candybar-style phone with a touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard.It’s important to note, Mercury is just a pre-release name for the prototype BlackBerry and TCL are showing off at CES.

Remembering the Apollo I disaster, 50 years later

Remembering the Apollo I disaster, 50 years later Fifty years ago today, three American astronauts died in a sudden, uncontrollable cabin fire aboard the Apollo I space capsule.As Ars notes, in the fifty years since Apollo I, NASA has fielded just one new crewed spacecraft — the Space Shuttle.