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The hidden face of Mercury revealed


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http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/

 

The MESSENGER probe made its first flyby of Mercury on Monday. This is the first detailed picture of Mercury in 33 years.

 

It's also the first image of this side of the planet. When Mariner 10 made three flybys beginning in 1974, its solar orbit was just right so that it saw the exact same side of Mercury all three times it passed by.

 

MESSENGER will pass the planet two more times (later this year, and in 2009), then in 2011 it will enter orbit around Mercury for a high-res mapping and spectrometry mission.

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What a lame and friggin' hot planet.

Fixed. :cool

Actually, if you're not in the sunny side of Mercury you're in the hundreds of degrees below zero territory. :geek

 

Venus is the friggin' hot planet. Just ask the idiotic Russians, who landed several probes there.

Fixed. :mischief

If you count ones that burn up in the atmosphere, but I'm going to give the Russians the benefit of the doubt and assume that was their goal. There is no way they were that stupid. :whistle

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What a lame and friggin' hot planet.

Fixed. :cool

Actually, if you're not in the sunny side of Mercury you're in the hundreds of degrees below zero territory. :geek

 

Venus is the friggin' hot planet. Just ask the idiotic Russians, who landed several probes there.

Fixed. :mischief

If you count ones that burn up in the atmosphere, but I'm going to give the Russians the benefit of the doubt and assume that was their goal. There is no way they were that stupid. :whistle

Venera 7

Venera 8

Venera 9

Venera 10

Venera 11

Venera 12

Venera 13

Venera 14

Vega 1

Vega 2

 

Those are the successful landers. Russia renames failed probes as "Cosmos" generally.

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