Nasa has released an image taken by the probe's Visual and Infrared Spectrometer (Virs) to reveal distinct features such as volcanic vents and fresh craters. To highlight the geological features, the images have been overlain on a black and white mosaic from the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)

Doomsday for Messenger as it prepares to crash in into Mercury

Nasa has released an image taken by the probe's Visual and Infrared Spectrometer (Virs) to reveal distinct features such as volcanic vents and fresh craters. To highlight the geological features, the images have been overlain on a black and white mosaic from the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)

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

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

Spinning Mercury: Nasa reveal stunning animation showing giant craters on the planet's surface

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

This image, acquired yesterday, is one of NASA's MESSENGER's last. Today, April 30, 2015, the spacecraft will complete its highly successful orbital mission and impact the surface of Mercury.

This image, acquired yesterday, is one of NASA's MESSENGER's last. Today, April 30, 2015, the spacecraft will complete its highly successful orbital mission and impact the surface of Mercury.

The unmanned Messenger probe has completed its Mercury mission, going out with a bang.The last photo transmitted by Messenger before it crashed into the surface of Mercury.

Messenger's final image before crashing into the surface of Mercury

The unmanned Messenger probe has completed its Mercury mission, going out with a bang.The last photo transmitted by Messenger before it crashed into the surface of Mercury.

my favorite constellation; The bright, pinkish-white star at upper left of Orion is Betelgeuse. A red supergiant, it is one of the largest and most luminous stars known. If it were at the center of our solar system, its surface would extend to the orbit of Jupiter and beyond, wholly engulfing Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. Betelgeuse is approximately 640 light-years away from Earth.

The fiery depths of space: Astronomers capture dazzling rainbow nebula swirling round supergiant star

my favorite constellation; The bright, pinkish-white star at upper left of Orion is Betelgeuse. A red supergiant, it is one of the largest and most luminous stars known. If it were at the center of our solar system, its surface would extend to the orbit of Jupiter and beyond, wholly engulfing Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. Betelgeuse is approximately 640 light-years away from Earth.

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

Scientists have taken the first colour images of the entire surface of the planet Mercury to reveal a mysterious world of complex geology and extraordinary temperature extremes.

Here's why the surface of Mercury is so dark #Science #iNewsPhoto

Here's why the surface of Mercury is so dark

Here's why the surface of Mercury is so dark #Science #iNewsPhoto

Scientists have taken the first colour images of the entire surface of the planet Mercury to reveal a mysterious world of complex geology and extraordinary temperature extremes.

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

Scientists have taken the first colour images of the entire surface of the planet Mercury to reveal a mysterious world of complex geology and extraordinary temperature extremes.

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