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NASA's Messenger reveals close-ups of Mercury's sun-scorched surface

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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

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

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

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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

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Mercury close up: The best pictures from Nasa's Messenger spacecraft mission

Mercury close up: The best pictures from Nasa's Messenger spacecraft mission - Telegraph

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Mercury has been 'dynamic world'

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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The speckled object depicted here is Callisto, Jupiter’s second largest moon. This image was taken in May 2001 by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft, which studied Jupiter and its moons from 1995 until 2003.

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Hubble: Quadruple moons transiting Saturn. The giant orange moon Titan, at the top right is larger than the planet Mercury, and the second largest moon in the solar system after Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. Titan is the only moon in our solar system known to have a dense atmosphere, and the only place other than Earth where stable bodies of surface liquid have been found. Three icy moons are also visible, with Enceladus and Dione at the left and Mimas on the far right.

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Historic images as Messenger sends back first pictures of Mercury's surface from orbit

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