[FPSPACE] NASA spacecraft set for death plunge into Mercury

David R. Woods drwoods at stny.rr.com
Sun Apr 19 12:44:14 EDT 2015

A NASA probe that has circled Mercury for the past four years will make 
a dramatic death plunge into the planet's surface in late April when it 
runs out of fuel.

The MESSENGER spacecraft -- which stands for MErcury Surface, Space 
ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging -- will end its run, as planned, 
on or around April 30, the US space agency said.


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