NASA's MESSENGER Slams into Mercury at 8,750 MPH (VIDEO)

May 4, 2015 12:17 PM

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NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft crashed into the surface of Mercury on Thursday, causing its mission to come to a dramatic end. The spacecraft slammed into the planet at about 8,750 mph and created a new crater on the surface.

This crash landing wasn't an accident. Scientists scheduled the spacecraft to hit Mercury after it ran out of propellant. It hit the surface at about 3:26 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

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