Messenger Mission Ends With Mercury Crash

HOUSTON – NASA’s out-of-fuel Messenger mission spacecraft crashed into the cratered far-side terrain of the planet Mercury late April 30, as predicted, carving a new depression estimated at 50 ft. in length in a region also marked by past lava flows. The 8,700-mph impact occurred at 3:26 p.m. EDT...

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