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MESSENGER Completes 3,000 Orbits Around Mercury, Enters Final Year of Operations

An enchanced-color image of Mercury taken by MESSENGER, following its first flyby of the planet in January 2008. The spacecraft has recently entered its last year of operations, conducting more than 3,000 orbits around the planet, while transmitting more than 200,000 images back to Earth. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution [...]

One of America's First Astronauts, Scott Carpenter, Dies at Age 88

NASA astronaut Scott Carpenter during a suiting exercise in 1962. Photo Credit: NASA

One of America’s first NASA astronauts, Scott Carpenter, has died at age 88 from complications related to a stroke he suffered one month ago. The former Naval aviator and aquanaut, and one of NASA’s original seven Mercury astronauts, passed away today at a hospice [...]

Smithsonian Opens New Exhibit: 'Suited for Space'

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum held an event detailing the evolution of spacesuits entitled “Suited for Space.” Photo Credit: The Smithsonian Institute

WASHINGTON, DC — A new exhibit, dubbed “Suited for Space,” opened to the public Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. It’s organized by the Smithsonian [...]

Our Home the Earth – As Seen From Saturn and Mercury

Earth, as seen by the Cassini spacecraft on July 19, 2013 (the tiny blue speck in the distance, below Saturn’s rings in this view). Click for larger version. Photo Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / Jason Major

Last Friday, a remarkable thing happened, which received a lot of publicity, especially for space fans: [...]

Retro Space Images: Footsteps Into History

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First Steps — Astronaut Alan Shepard is accompanied by fellow astronaut Gus Grissom at Pad 5 as he moves toward the Freedom 7  spacecraft on May 5, 1961.

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A View of Mercury From Afar

Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

This image of Mercury, acquired by the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) aboard NASA’s MESSENGER mission on April 23, 2013, allows us to take a step back to view the planet. Prior to the MESSENGER mission, Mercury’s surface was often compared to the [...]

Retro Space Images: Carpenter Returns

IS 62-MA7-73 Photo Credit: NASA

Project Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter relaxes aboard the recovery helicopter following his 5-hour trip aboard the Aurora 7  spacecraft. Carpenter became the second American to orbit the earth on May 24, 1962. Recovery took a bit longer than planned after Carpenter overshot the planned landing target by 290 miles.

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Retro Space Images: Mercury 7's Aurora

Photo of Chrysler artist Cece Bibby talking with Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter. Photo Credit: NASA

Mercury-Atlas 7 astronaut Scott Carpenter chats with Chrysler graphic artist Cece Bibby in the white room at Pad 14 in May 1962.  Bibby was putting the finishing touches on the Aurora 7 artwork painted on the side of Carpenter’s [...]

Gus Grissom: Remembering NASA's 'Forgotten' Astronaut

Image Credit: NASA

NASA has opened a page on the birthday of NASA astronaut Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom celebrating the life of one of the space agency’s first astronauts. Grissom joined NASA in 1959 and flew the second manned mission, MR-4 (Mercury Redstone 4), in the one-man Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft in 1961. He [...]

Messenger Spacecraft Finds Evidence of Ice on Planet Closest to Sun

Shown in red are areas of Mercury’s north polar region that are constantly in shadow in every image that the MESSENGER spacecraft has acquired to date. These areas are rich in water ice, despite the planet’s close proximity to the sun. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington/National Astronomy and [...]