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illustration of Messenger over Mercury

The MESSENGER spacecraft, illustrated here with actual images of Mercury’s cratered landscape captured by the probe in an early flyby of the planet in 2008, ended its four-year mission April 30. 

Surface markings come into view on Pluto for the first time in new images from the New Horizons spacecraft.

Curiosity rover

THE MARTIAN DIARIES  Curiosity has explored Mars for over two and a half years. What if the rover kept a scrapbook?

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