NASA releases first topographical map of Mercury

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On May 2016, NASA released the first-ever global topographic map of Mercury. The map was created using data gathered by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, including over 100,000 photographs, and shows a variety of Mercury's features including the planet's highest and lowest points.

The MESSENGER spacecraft was launched in 2004 to study Mercury, including its chemical composition, geology, and magnetic field. MESSENGER began orbiting Mercury in March 2011, becoming the first spacecraft to do so. In April 2015, having completed its mission, MESSENGER dropped out of orbit and impacted the surface of Mercury.


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  1. Are you interested in space exploration and other planets? Why or why not?

  2. Which planet from the Solar System amazes you the most? Why?

  3. Do you think that humans will ever live on other planets? Why or why not?

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