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A Spin Through the Inner Solar System

More than 50 years of planetary exploration have yielded a rich harvest of data, including many volumes of pictures. These images have revealed the faces of nearly all the nearby worlds, which have turned out to be both forboding and

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The Giant Spider of Mercury

Mercury will surprise you. At first glance, it’s gray and cratered, almost indistinguishable from the desolate far side of Earth’s Moon. But one of the Solar System’s most reliable rules holds sway at Mercury, too: take a closer look and

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New Messages from Mercury

This post originally appeared as a guest blog entry on The Planetary Society web site. You and I can do something very few people in history ever could: tour the planet Mercury. In fact, just last week NASA made available

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Mercury in 3D

The crater Kertesz on Mercury, viewable in 3D using red-blue glasses. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

The crater Kertesz on Mercury, viewable in 3D using red-blue glasses.

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Mercury Turns Out to be a Weird Little World

The robotic spacecraft MESSENGER, now orbiting the first planet, has found odd features on its surface, including unexplained, blueish ‘hollows’ that may be actively forming today. The MESSENGER team explains that this is a view of a larger section of

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