Exploration of Mercury

The exploration of Mercury has a minor role in the space interests of the world

MESSENGER and BepiColombo are intended to gather complementary data to help scientists understand many of the mysteries discovered by Mariner 10's flybys

Mercury has not been a primary focus of many space programs. Because the planet is so close to the Sun and spins on its own axis very slowly,

The current interest in Mercury is derived from the unexpected observations of Mariner 10. Before Mariner 10, astronomers

Mariner 10 was a NASA probe whose primary objective was to observe the atmosphere, surface, and physical characteristics of Mercury and Venus

 It was a low-cost mission completed for under $98 million

 The mission ended when the probe's attitude control gas ran out on March 24, 1975.

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