Mercury mission to provide historic snapshots

October 7, 2008 6:23:14 AM PDT
Scientists will get an unprecedented look today at the planet closest to the Sun.

NASA's Messenger spacecraft is scheduled to beam back hundreds of photos of Mercury to Earth.

The images should show scientists never-before-seen landscapes on Mercury.

NASA plans to send Messenger around the Sun 15 times and put it into the Mercury's orbit in March 2011.

No NASA spacecraft has ever entered Mercury's orbit. Scientists hope the photos help them better understand the composition of Mercury's surface.


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