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New angles on Mercury

New images of the planet provide more glimpses of Mercury’s mysteries

3:01pm, October 7, 2008

In the early morning hours of October 7, a small galactic wanderer turned its antennae toward Earth and transmitted secrets about the solar system’s smallest planet — Mercury. The previous day, NASA’s MESSENGER probe had completed its second flyby of Mercury, and had viewed terrain never seen before.

The new images also reveal surface features not seen before: rays that line the planet like longitudina

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