NASA Spacecraft Makes 1st Complete Map of Planet Mercury
by Clara Moskowitz, SPACE.com Assistant Managing Editor
Date: 06 March 2013 Time: 06:35 AM ET
The surface of the planet Mercury has been completely mapped for the first time in history, scientists say.
The closest planet to the sun hasn't received as much scientific attention as some of its more flashy solar system neighbors, such as Mars, but NASA's Messenger spacecraft is to close the gap. The probe has been in orbit around Mercury since March 2011, and its team announced Feb. 28 that the spacecraft had finished mapping the planet's surface.
"We can now say we have imaged every square meter of Mercury's surface from orbit," said Messenger principal investigator Sean Solomon of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. "Admittedly, some regions are in permanent shadow, but we're actually peering into those shadows with our imaging systems."
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