Nasa has released an image taken by the probe's Visual and Infrared Spectrometer…

Nasa has released an image taken by the probe's Visual and Infrared Spectrometer…

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Mercury by Mariner 10 taken in 1974 -  first image of the planet Mercury on 24 March 1974, taken from a distance of 5,380,000 km from the surface of Mercury - NASA

Mercury by Mariner 10 taken in 1974 - first image of the planet Mercury on 24 March 1974, taken from a distance of 5,380,000 km from the surface of Mercury - NASA

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Mercury: The images were created using a mosaic of pictures from Nasa's messenger spacecraft, which were then combined to create a video 'flyby' of the planet. 2013

Mercury: The images were created using a mosaic of pictures from Nasa's messenger spacecraft, which were then combined to create a video 'flyby' of the planet. 2013

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The bright, pinkish-white star at upper left is Orion, known as the 'hunter', is Betelgeuse

The bright, pinkish-white star at upper left is Orion, known as the 'hunter', is Betelgeuse

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The unmanned Messenger probe has completed its Mercury mission, going out with a bang.

The unmanned Messenger probe has completed its Mercury mission, going out with a bang.

#NASA noticed something strange on the surface of #Mercury. #Scientists Hypothesis is surprising

#NASA noticed something strange on the surface of #Mercury. #Scientists Hypothesis is surprising

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The planet Mercury was once an active and dynamic planet, according to new evidence from a Nasa spacecraft.    Data from the American Messenger probe shows that impact craters on the planet's surface were distorted by some geological process after they formed.

The planet Mercury was once an active and dynamic planet, according to new evidence from a Nasa spacecraft. Data from the American Messenger probe shows that impact craters on the planet's surface were distorted by some geological process after they formed.

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On January 14, 2008, the MESSENGER spacecraft passed 200 kilometers (124 miles) above the surface of Mercury and snapped the first pictures of a side of Mercury not previously seen by spacecraft. This image shows that previously unseen side, with a view looking toward Mercury's south pole.

On January 14, 2008, the MESSENGER spacecraft passed 200 kilometers (124 miles) above the surface of Mercury and snapped the first pictures of a side of Mercury not previously seen by spacecraft. This image shows that previously unseen side, with a view looking toward Mercury's south pole.

Extraordinary video shows entire surface of Mercury in full colour for the first time

Extraordinary video shows entire surface of Mercury in full colour for the first time

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