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MESSENGER's mission at Mercury

Dr Amanda Doyle, Feature writer
12 March 2012, 0:00 UTC, Updated 30 September 2014, 10:51 UTC

Sen—The MErcury Surface, Space Environment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft was launched on 3 August 2004 and was inserted into Mercury’s orbit on 18 March 2011. The mission was initially intended to last one Earth year, but two mission extensions mean that the craft will stay working until it crashes into Mercury in April 2015.

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