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First Probe To Orbit Mercury May Help Us Learn How Planets Form

February 28th, 2011 02:25 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

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An anonymous reader writes “Next month, the first space probe in nearly 40 years will approach the planet Mercury, with an array of instruments that could help answer fundamental questions about how planets form. The mission is called MESSENGER, for Mercury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging. On March 17 it will pull into orbit around mercury, after more than six years of maneuvering between the Earth, Venus and Mercury itself.”

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