Messenger Spacecraft to Hit Mercury

April 17, 2015 4:36 AM

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The Messenger spacecraft will finish a 10 year mission orbiting the planet Mercury as the vehicle will crash into the planet on April 30. The spacecraft that arrived in March 2011 will soon run out of fuel and crash into the solar system’s innermost world. At the moment, the vehicle is skimming above the surface of the planet.

The Messenger was sent to the space on Aug 3, 2004. The mission was only the second to Mercury following the Mariner 10 mission of 1974 and 1975. The spacecraft has exceeded mission lifespan by three years.

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